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The disastrous effects of the wars in Iraq!

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Series of prolonged and forced invasions, occupations, and cease-fires are to show that wars are never meant to be ended. With over a decade long occupied place, several questions are arising about the health level of the next generation facing the war heat. Yet for few exceptions, there is nothing serious being discussed to analyze the impacts which are being made by the war on all age groups. Often we see the talk show debates based on the loss of the lives of soldiers fighting war and their mental condition alongside deep analysis that how much have lost their lives or how much are either displaced from their homelands or how many of them became disabled physically and mentally. But not much has been covered in debates about the devastating effects of war on people and the death toll climbing specially of children and women.

Understanding the psychological impact of war on civilians is important because it directly delas with the future. The problem with psychological afterlife of wars is that they fall through cracks of more pressing wartime concerns

Causing physical disabilities, broken families, physical disability, and long-term psychological repercussions, wars shape individuals’ experiences in ways that cannot be easily erased. Nor can these experiences be dismissed as mere matters of individual disorder. They embody explicitly collective experiences and therefore have a historical function.

To better understand the historical impact of these experiences, we need to remember lessons from past conflicts in the region. In neighboring Iran, over 20 years after the end of the Iran-Iraq War, and after this the Iraq Kuwait war different generations of civilians and veterans are suffering from internalized anxieties, nightmares, and memories that go beyond individual DSM-IV listed diagnoses. As with all wars, anxiety prevails during the struggle and contributes to both resilience and problems with demobilization and reintegration. Yet, wartime anxieties are often replaced with postwar dysphoria once there is time to reflect, and when lost promises of wars come to surface. In Iran, there are over 60,000civilian victims of chemical warfare who continue to suffer with physical and mental diseases and disorders. Furthermore, a generation of children who grew up during war struggle with psychological and physical issues from birth defects to rising rates of suicide, drug abuse, and depression.

Since 2003, surveys have reported alarming mortality, disability rates. A 2011 estimate reported that there were 4.5 millions Iraqi orphans, 70 percent of whom lost their parents after the 2003 invasion. That scenario alone constitutes a public health emergency, demanding provisions for long term physical and psychological care.

The internalized, normalized, and assimilated memories of war will come back, belatedly, in pieces and bursts. Not only will they affect individual lives, but they will also shape how a society feels toward, holds accountable, and relates to the world around it. They write an alternative history of loss or neglect; they shape a society’s sense of well-being, and can then translate to medical, political, and economic consequences. The united nations and other power which subject themselves to have the heart of well-wishers should make solid steps to address these issues to stop violence and loss that can potentially cover the world.

Author: Sadaf

sourcephoto: bbc


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