The Costs of War: Psychological Trauma to the Children

Violence begets violence.

The Washington Post has a must read on the psychological trauma being exacted on the children of Iraq as a result of the war.

Iraq’s conflict is exacting an immense and largely unnoticed psychological toll on children and youth that will have long-term consequences, said social workers, psychiatrists, teachers and aid workers in interviews across Baghdad and in neighboring Jordan.

“With our limited resources, the societal impact is going to be very bad,” said Haider Abdul Muhsin, one of the country’s few child psychiatrists. “This generation will become a very violent generation, much worse than during Saddam Hussein’s regime.”

Even when factoring the positive aspect of Saddam’s demise, the war as a whole has been a huge human rights catastrophe.

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