On Thursday, June 23 at 19:30 GMT:
The overwhelming majority of Gaza’s 800,000 kids have solely ever identified life beneath the Israeli-led blockade, and they’re in psychological disaster due to it.
“Trapped“, a current report by Save the Kids, discovered that 80 p.c of youngsters and younger individuals in Gaza endure from despair, unhappiness and worry. The NGO interviewed 488 kids and 168 mother and father and caregivers within the Gaza Strip, following up on comparable analysis that they carried out in 2018. Since their final report, the variety of kids reporting emotional misery has now elevated from 55 to 80 p.c.
Gazan kids beneath the age of 15 have faced what the report phrases six life-threatening conditions – 4 army escalations, violence as Israel sought to quell the “Nice March of Return” in 2018, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These are along with the unlawful Israeli-led blockade and restrictions on motion that proceed to traumatise Gazans.
Consultants warn that psychological well being challenges are hampering kids’s improvement, studying and social interplay, in each the rapid and long run. They’re urging the Israeli authorities to take rapid steps to raise the blockade of the Gaza Strip and finish the occupation.
On this episode we’ll talk about the state of youngsters’s emotional, psychological and social well-being in Gaza, and ask what is required to nurture younger minds and rebuild psychological well being companies within the occupied territory.
On this episode of The Stream, we’re joined by:
Dr Yasser Abu Jamei
Psychiatrist, and Director, Gaza Group Psychological Well being Programme
Jason Lee, @JasonIanLee
Nation Director, Save the Kids
Enas Faras Ghannam, @GhannamEnas
Challenge supervisor, We Are Not Numbers