Gaza’s Traumatized Children

By Sameh A. Habeeb, IOL Correspondent

GAZA CITY — Having nowhere to hide even inside UN-run schools, the latest Israeli target, more than 215 children have been killed so far in Israel’s ongoing military offensive against the sealed off Gaza Strip.

But for many, that’s not the worst part of the nightmare.

Having lost a father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, friend or neighbor, about every child in the bombed-out costal enclave has been traumatized and will keep physical and mental scars for years. has interviewed several children to talk about their feelings regarding Israeli onslaught.

Huda, 7

I hate this war and I hear that Israel will come to our house soon.

I always get nightmares of rockets hitting my house. I dreamt of my father being killed by one of the rockets and my mother got her neck racked.

In the nightmare, I was searching for my brothers who were taken far away by the Israeli tanks.

I’m unhappy and I want to play again in my house. I hope no bad things happen.

Abed, 3
I don’t like darkness. It’s when the sounds of bad things come out.

Ahmed Elwan, 6

We are afraid. I saw many children killed.

Rockets came near my house. My younger sister cried ardently and my mother also. My dad was in my grandmother’s house.

I don’t want to be afraid but I want to be strong man for my mother and sister.

Nasim Udawn, 14

I’m used to the sound of bombings, but this time it gets louder and louder.

I live in Al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza where some houses around us were destroyed. Many people were killed. Our own home was hit by shrapnel.

The problem is my brother, Nader, who started to suffer from involuntary urination. He gets up crying when he hears the sound of missiles.

Source : IslamOnline


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