Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Somalia Conflict takes Toll on Civilian Mental Health

  • Somalia Conflict takes Toll on Civilian Mental Health
  • A new review says the extended issue in Somalia has taken a big cost on the psychological well-being of ordinary people.
  • The Community Wellness Company (WHO) says many are experiencing psychological sickness and have become culturally separated and insecure.
  • In Nairobi, Dr. Marthe Everard, the WHO associate for Somalia, says, “The scenario is not very good.  As you can think about, after 20 decades of war…and municipal trouble and issues and displacement…we think that one in three Somalis has one or the other psychological health problem.” 

  • The issues are many and different.  Everard says they consist of pressure and anxiety, depressive problem, schizophrenia, psychological retardation, abusing drugs and epilepsy.
  • The WHO represents the assault confronted by many Somalis as “horrific,” such as defeating, personal and sexual assault.
  • “The scenario is more intense than we ever had believed.  Really a decrease of protection sensation, a lot of interruption, people are going for walks around with…war injury,” she says.  Other issues causing psychological pressure consist of high lack of employment and hardship.  A deterioration famine is harmful livelihoods and animals.
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