"The invisible wounds" of the children from Syria

"The six-year war in Syria has raised its negative effects on the children, such as self-harm, attempted suicide, diabetes, drug use and depression"

UNITED NATIONS (AA) – In the report prepared by the NGO "Save the Children", within which conversations are guided with more than 450 Syrian children, reveals that the 6-year war in this country has left negative effects on the mental and physical health of the Syrian children as self-harm, attempted suicide, diabetes, drug use and depression, reports the Anadolu Agency (AA).

NGO "Save the Children" with the report within which are guided interviews with over 450 children, drew attention to the "invisible psychological wounds", as a result of the 6-year war in Syria.

In the report in which are cited the constant bombardments, the air strikes and the fear of violence that children are constantly exposed to, it is said that if this so-called "toxic stress" situation is not treated, will result in long-term effects on the physical and mental health of children.

"The six-year war in Syria has raised its negative effects on the children, such as self-harm, attempted suicide, diabetes, drug use and depression," it is stated in the report and also it is emphasized that constant psychological pressure on children results in nighttime urination, difficulties in speech or loss of the ability to speak.

51 percent of the children questioned have said that they used drugs to cope with stress. In the report it is stated that children from 12 years of age have self-harmed themselves or attempted suicide.

  • "Three million children have not seen anything but war" -

"Three million children who were born since the war in Syria has begun have not seen nothing but war," stressed the president of the organization, Carolyn Miles at the press conference organized concerning the report.

Miles noted that the children are afraid to play outside or go to school. She appealed to end this tragedy, which is ongoing in Syria.

  •  "If I get hurt, I can eat whatever I want in the hospital" -

The director of this organization in Syria, Sonia Kush informed that two thirds of the children with whom they spoke after, have lost their mother, father or any of the siblings in the war.

"Children who live under a siege say they want to be hit by snipers, so in case they get injured they would eat whatever they want in the hospital," says Kush, noting that some of the kids want to die in order to meet their loved ones in heaven.

Source: Anadoly Agency