Tagged: Mental Health

Palestinian boy is free from jail, but not from nightmares News Roundup
Gideon Levy & Alex Levac, Haaretz

Palestinian boy is free from jail, but not from nightmares

This teenager needs psychological therapy. He stares at the floor, grimaces when asked to relate what happened to him a few months ago, and doesn’t sleep at night. His parents are aware of his situation. But there’s no one to help him, much less pay for any sort of therapy. Apart from one visit by members of Doctors Without Borders, no one has diagnosed or treated him.

on April 9, 2015
Palestinian youth face psychological trauma and educational neglect following Israeli detention News Roundup
Leah R. Platkin, Mondoweiss

Palestinian youth face psychological trauma and educational neglect following Israeli detention

2014 was a harrowing and devastating year for many people living in Israel and Palestine. Violations of human rights, racism, and hatred did not stop after the 2014 Gaza war and today are commonplace. Presently, there is imminent concern for the increasing numbers of wrongfully detained Palestinian children from East Jerusalem and the West Bank who are subject to ongoing state violence, severe psychological trauma, and denied the basic human right to education.

on February 5, 2015
The practice of healing in Gaza News Roundup
Al Jazeera News

The practice of healing in Gaza

In a small hall with soothing music in the background, women close their eyes and imagine they are somewhere more reassuring than Gaza's Jabalya refugee camp. Women who have lost their homes and livelihoods to war breathe away their tensions, their exhausted bodies moving softly and uniformly. In a year that saw a third Israeli war on Gaza in six years, the physical and emotional health impacts on residents of the coastal enclave have been dramatic.

on December 23, 2014
Gaza isn’t just a physical wreck. The psychological damage is even worse. News Roundup
James S. Gordon, The Washington Post

Gaza isn’t just a physical wreck. The psychological damage is even worse.

“It feels” says Mosallam El Najaar, the retired customs official who is walking me through this small village in southern Gaza, “like the Day of Judgment.” It looks like it, too. Houses are as squashed and scattered as paper cups. A water tower is torn up close to the ground like a stalk of corn. Mosques, schools and factories are blasted, useless shells. Olive trees that were almost ready to yield their fruit are reduced to kindling.

on November 3, 2014
Video: Soldiers detain developmentally-disabled child in Hebron, 19 Oct. 2014 News Roundup
B'Tselem

Video: Soldiers detain developmentally-disabled child in Hebron, 19 Oct. 2014

Yesterday, soldiers briefly detained a developmentally disabled Palestinian boy, who is under the age of criminal responsibility, on suspicion that he had thrown stones. The boy, A. a-Rajbi, (full name withheld in interest of privacy) who will be 12 in a month, was detained after Palestinian children threw stones at soldiers on the main road of the Jabel Johar neighborhood in Hebron, close to the settlement of Kiryat Arba.

on October 20, 2014
PHOTOS: Gaza’s children face an uncertain future News Roundup
Anne Paq, +972 Magazine

PHOTOS: Gaza’s children face an uncertain future

In Gaza, where the population is very young (over 60 percent of Gazans are under the age of 25), children are everywhere — and they are also the most vulnerable in conflict. Stuck in Gaza, these children only know the occupation and many have already witnessed several Israeli military operations. The latest Israeli offensive, named Operation Protective Edge, lasted for seven weeks and killed more than 500 children.

on September 30, 2014
The Children of Gaza: A Generation Scarred & Under Siege Fact Sheets
IMEU

The Children of Gaza: A Generation Scarred & Under Siege

On August 24, nearly half a million Palestinian children in Gaza who were scheduled to start a new school year were unable to do so because of Israel's latest military assault on the occupied and besieged coastal strip, "Operation Protective Edge". The following fact sheet provides an overview of the impact that Israel's latest assault and its siege and blockade have had on the children of Gaza.

on August 28, 2014
Doctors tackle damaged minds amid Gaza’s post-war destruction News Roundup
Reuters, via Haaretz

Doctors tackle damaged minds amid Gaza’s post-war destruction

In a ward at Shifa, Gaza's largest hospital, child therapist Rabeea Hamouda is trying to elicit a response from two small brothers, Omar and Mohammed, aged three and 18 months, hoping for some words or perhaps a smile. For seven straight minutes the children, peppered with burns and shrapnel wounds sustained in Israeli shelling that hit their home in north Gaza, stare at him blankly, emotionless.

on August 15, 2014
In Fatal Flash, Gaza Psychologist Switches Roles, Turning Into a Trauma Victim News Roundup
Anne Barnard, The New York Times

In Fatal Flash, Gaza Psychologist Switches Roles, Turning Into a Trauma Victim

Hassan al-Zeyada has spent decades counseling fellow residents of the Gaza Strip who experience psychological trauma. Now, as he prepares to aid his neighbors after a new round of combat and carnage, he has a challenging new patient: himself.

on August 4, 2014
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