While a war probably makes you think of fighting, in reality, civilians usually survive a war by avoiding fights as much as possible. Many people, however, stay and hold out in the war zone, and often nobody is there to protect them. Movies and popular world culture often portray that there are a few survivors. However, this reoccurrence has not and will never stop the blast of guns and bombs, killing and surviving in our world today.
Only a few people are better able to describe how to survive in a war zone than those who have seen and experienced it firsthand. But before we go with this study, the African local slang will say, “NO BOTHER IN JUNGLE…”, on this, we shall take a voyage into the effect of war in our world today.
The major effect of war is how it destroys and disrupts economic growth, communities, and families, which is the fabric of any nation’s growth. It is also important to talk about the mental consequences of this action (war).
Among the consequences of war, the impact on the mental health of the civilian population is one of the most significant. Studies have shown a definite increase in the prevalence of mental disorders, in which women are more affected than men, children and the elderly are top on the list. This prevalence rate is associated with the degree of trauma.
The recent years are significant in understanding the relationship between war and mental health. The media brought to us the horror of the “war” situation in Iraq. Some quotations from the media depicted the impact of war on mental health; “War takes a toll on Iraq mental health…”, “War trauma leaves physical harm…”, and “War is hell…” It has an impact on the people who take part and never heal. War is terrible and beyond the understanding and experience of most people.
Some generations have grown up knowing only war. War has a catastrophic effect on the health and well-being of a nation. Studies have shown that conflict situations cause more mortality and disability than any major disease. Death, as a result of war, is simply the tip of the iceberg. Other consequences besides death include endemic poverty, and social decline to mention only a few.
Excerpt from the African Lane Magazine’s third Edition.