Chemical Attack in Syria, Menatal Health Impact to Children [VIDEO]
A suspected chemical attack on Syria shook the world, killing at least 70 people- 10 of whom were children. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military denied using chemical weapons and instead, blamed rebels for the carnage.
Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary, said that if the attack was proven to be from Bashar al-Assad's regime, then it is a war crime, which proves the regime is an absolute heinous outfit.
Despite denials, activists said that the Syrian regime is responsible for the horrendous attack, which did not spare women and children, the CNN reports. Syria has been under the rage of civil war for almost six years now and the violence, terror, and shock have taken over those who are most vulnerable -- children.
According to an international charity, Save the Children, war will result serious mental health impact to children for years to come. Bombs and gun fires are the constant music Syrian children hear, and the most recent chemical attack would then add up to the many traumatizing experiences these children will remember for decades.
In the largest mental health survey reported in Syria, most children are crippled by anger and fear, with two-thirds of the total Syrian children population losing a loved one or their houses might have been bombed. Syrian adults are also struggling to cope with everything that is happening around them; children are left to process things alone and are therefore exhibiting severe emotional distress from lack of psychological support.
The research participants were from areas in Aleppo, Idlib, and Hasaka, with 450 children taking part. Results and impacts of the constant bombing and attacks were ranging from self-harm, suicide attempt and withdrawn behavior, the Irish Times noted.
Toxic stress is also one of the major impacts. The development of the brain could be prevented from the stress of daily trauma, especially for children who are still in the formative years. These problems could still be present until the child turns into an adult.
Save the Children charity said that the wars, added with the recent chemical attack on Syria, puts an impact to children and their health- as well as well-being, and mental state. With all these, there is a need for more funds and health programs for these causes. The rage of war rains down on the most innocent, the one's worthy to still see a better future- children.