What is trauma doing to younger individuals in Gaza

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On Thursday, June 23 at 19:30 GMT:
The overwhelming majority of Gaza’s 800,000 youngsters have solely ever recognized life underneath the Israeli-led blockade, and they’re in psychological disaster due to it.

Trapped“, a current report by Save the Children, discovered that 80 p.c of kids and younger individuals in Gaza undergo from melancholy, unhappiness and fear. The NGO interviewed 488 youngsters and 168 mother and father and caregivers within the Gaza Strip, following up on related analysis that they carried out in 2018. Since their final report, the variety of youngsters reporting emotional misery has now elevated from 55 to 80 p.c.

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Gazan youngsters underneath the age of 15 have confronted what the report phrases six life-threatening conditions – 4 army escalations, violence as Israel sought to quell the “Great March of Return” in 2018, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Those are along with the unlawful Israeli-led blockade and restrictions on motion that proceed to traumatise Gazans.

Experts warn that psychological well being challenges are hampering youngsters’s improvement, studying and social interplay, in each the rapid and long run. They’re urging the Israeli authorities to take rapid steps to raise the blockade of the Gaza Strip and finish the occupation.

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In this episode we’ll talk about the state of kids’s emotional, psychological and social well-being in Gaza, and ask what is required to nurture younger minds and rebuild psychological well being providers within the occupied territory.

In this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Dr Yasser Abu Jamei
Psychiatrist, and Director, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme

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Jason Lee, @JasonIanLee
Country Director, Save the Children

Enas Faras Ghannam, @GhannamEnas
Project supervisor, We Are Not Numbers


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