A Scarred GenerationMonday, July 15, 2013 IRIN / Mike Healy
A Scarred Generation tells the story of two Yemeni children: Ahmad and Amira, who have both been traumatized by conflict and are being treated at the al-Amal Hospital for the Treatment of Psychological Illnesses in Sana'a. In recent years, Yemen has witnessed more than its share of violence - from tribal wars, battles between Al-Qaeda and government forces, and the instability that came with the Arab Spring. More often than not, children have been caught in the crossfire. Psychologists warn of a scarred generation of children who are experiencing sustained psychological trauma from these conflicts. Affected children can suffer an inability to think clearly, a lack of confidence and a mistrust of others. They may also resort to aggressive behaviors. Without treatment, these traumas may contribute to a continuing cycle of violence.