Monday, January 5, 2009

Trauma Among Children in Gaza Up Sharply - WorldVision

North Gaza, January 2, 2009 - A WorldVision study released less than two weeks ago has exposed disturbingly high levels of trauma in Gaza’s children before this latest wave of violence.

More than 16% of children aged 5-15 in North Gaza suffer from nightmares, the majority of which (76.7% are caused by fear. Almost 13% of children in the same age range wet the bed, again mostly (70% because of fear. Psychological problems, health issues and trauma were also contributing causes, the study revealed.

World Vision’s study was released in late December, just prior to the recent outbreak in fighting, and since then staff have seen the situation in children worsen significantly....

“The reality is that this current violence is already compounding high levels of trauma in children, and one can only guess at the long-term effects of this,” says World Vision UK’s head of emergency affairs, Ian Gray.

“There’s the initial impact on children, which we’re already seeing – frequent bed-wetting, nightmares, and a heartbreaking loss of hope – but there’s also the long-term trauma that will devastate for years to come."

WorldVision works to make a serious and sustainable impact on poverty and its causes, especially as they affect children.

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