Monday, May 11, 2009

Assault Leaves Debris in the Mind

By David Cronin

"......Despite pledges running into billions of dollars made at a donors conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh in March, work on transforming this apocalyptic vision into a place where those uprooted can live with a semblance of dignity has not yet begun, because Israel is restricting the importation of sorely-needed building material.

Amidst all this, the psychological effects of the attack are less apparent, but the preliminary findings of an ongoing survey being conducted by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) suggest that few people, if any, are left unscarred.

In a sample of 374 children studied, over 73 percent thought they were going to die during the violence. Almost 68 percent of them - all aged between 6 and 16 - fear that a similar attack will come again, and 41 percent expressed a strong desire for revenge......."

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