Read their report “In Their Words: Mental Health Professionals in Gaza on Treating the Effects of Closure”
Four out of five children in the Gaza Strip suffer from depression, sadness and fear caused by fifteen years of the Israeli blockade on the territory
published by Save the Children
“So I ask you this: is it natural for a teenager to be thinking about death? Deep down, I had always wanted to leave this world peacefully and normally. However, passing away peacefully in my country seems to be impossible.
“We had returned to normalcy, but my brain hadn’t followed. I’m in shock and am struggling to process the grief and fear I was exposed to. I feel like I’m suffocating. My body is collapsing and my heart is racing out of my chest.
“After that moment, I looked back up to the sky and realized that I would never be normal again.”
Karam Jad studies English and French literature at Al-Azhar University, Gaza City.