The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has outlined in the medium term some of the most serious consequences for children affected by the great explosion in Beirut, about half of whom were traumatized by the detonation.
As the UNICEF spokeswoman in Geneva, Marixie Mercado, reported this Friday, a recent survey of the victims found that half of the children had behavioral changes, symptoms of trauma or extreme stress.
“This includes severe anxiety, silence or absence from the family, nightmares and sleep disorders as well as aggressive behavior. In addition, a third of households also reported negative symptoms in adults,” said the spokeswoman.
“Many children are in urgent need of permanent psychosocial support to cope with the trauma of the explosions,” added Mercado, whose organization already has support in the form of psychosocial kits for children and parents, child-friendly spaces in the affected areas and more specialized, more intensive and long-term Support for those who need it.