Healing the Spirit, Instilling Hope

 


News From Gaza

9/20/2022


Read their report “In Their Words: Mental Health Professionals in Gaza on Treating the Effects of Closure”

The report is based on a gathering of psychologists convened by the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme and the Israeli group Gisha, which advocates for freedom of movement for Gaza’s residents.

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

Text reads: "If I had known what life would be like in Gaza under siege, I would have swooped back into my mother’s womb. So would Rafik. Gaza children have lost school friends, neighbors, relatives. Loved ones and families. Entire families. And not all directly to bombs and bullets: destined to be Gazan meant they were not permitted to exit this land even to access much-needed medications and treatment. Or to travel. Or to live, even for a little bit."

Mohammed Rafik Mhawesh February 8, 2022

 


“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.


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Photo by Eman Mohammad. Used with permission.

Healing the Spirit, Instilling Hope

The Gaza Mental Health Foundation Inc. was formed in 2001 to support the critically important work of providing mental health services for the people in the Gaza Strip, especially the children who are the region’s future.