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Children in Gaza in need of support and mental healthcare

Ruby Shabit 
Press TV, Gaza

 

One million children in Gaza are in need of support and mental healthcare as they suffer post-conflict trauma.

UNICEF and UNRWA highlighted the critical need to continue to support Palestinian children and their families, including the parents, to detect signs of stress and trauma. A result of trauma, many children in Gaza are still having nightmares and refuse to eat.

Half of the population in the Gaza Strip are below the age of 18 according to statistics. About one million children today in Gaza are in need of mental health support, medical systems, schooling, and access for long-term development after examining the damage caused by 11 days of Israeli air strikes that killed 254 Palestinians, including 66 children. 

Many Palestinians carry the trauma of three previous wars and several other violent conflicts since 2008. At least 11 of the children in Gaza were receiving mental health support to address trauma from previous conflicts before they died in the latest escalation.

At least 66 children were among over 250 Palestinians killed by Israeli air strikes on Gaza, and the rest are in need of mental health support after a repeated cycle of wars against Gaza.


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