What are children’s lives like after experiencing wars?

It is sometimes nearly impossible for a child to get back on their feet after war because the effect of traumatic experiences, lack of support, but if they are lucky they are given rehab options.

Traumatic experiences from war can scar children and leave them with serious burdens their whole lives.

War is bad for the children’s physical health. “war increases the long term effect of suicide, heart disease, diabetes, substance abuse, and depression.” Says Save the Children, an organization to help the problem of child soldiers.

It also affects them physically. millions of children are left disabled after war and it is hard for their body to develop correctly. It also affects them physically. millions of children are left disabled after war and it is hard for heir body to develop correctly.

War also imprints an ongoing fear into the children “Ongoing shelling, airstrikes, and violence mean these children are living in a constant state of fear, which can create a condition known as toxic stress.” says Save the Children.

It is hard for a child after war without support.
It is hard when Before war children are dependent on their family and other things but when that is taken away, children often turn back to war because that is the only thing they Know.

war also leaves the children with no trust in the people around them “Frequently, these children have difficulty with community relationships after their release. They struggle with guilt and shame. They are labeled as different or untrustworthy, which, in a vicious circle, deepens their sense of isolation.” says dr. Theresa Betancourt

It also leaves the people around them with no trust in them “In their home communities, they are blamed for having destroyed lives, homes, property, and society itself. Those who are socially isolated are especially vulnerable to addictions and abusive relationships.” says dr. Theresa Betancourt

Sometimes the children are given rehab options.A rehab strategy developed by Dr. Theresa Betancourt states that First, the children need to be accepted back by family and community and then they need people to talk about their traumas with like a support group. talking about their traumas actually gives them self confidence and has them realize how strong they are.

Another strategy is introducing them to school. Many of them were to poor even before the war to go to school so going to school gives them a form of identity unlike being just considered as another farm worker or a useless soldier to the army that doesn’t even go by a real name. Dr. Theresa Betancourt.

UNICEF has multiple centers for the purpose of healing the children. At their centers, they take in the children and at first, they heal them physically and then they help them recover mentally the main purpose is for their mental health. The process takes 3 months

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Betancourtt, Theresa. “Life after death: Helping former child soldiers become whole again.” Harvard,/. Accessed 2011.

Burke, Jason. “‘If you are old enough to carry a gun, you are old enough to be a soldier.‘” The Guardian, Accessed 5 Apr. 2019.

Curtiss, Katherine. “Saving Child Soldiers: Therapy, Education and Community are the Keys.” Global Citizen.

Dudenhoefer, Anne Lynn. “Understanding the Recruitment of Child Soldiers in Africa.ACCORD, 16 Aug. 2016, Accessed 5 Apr. 2019.

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Janati, Negin. “New Study Documents Psychological Horrors of Six-Year War on Syrian Children.” Save the Children, 6 Mar. 2017,

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4 thoughts on “What are children’s lives like after experiencing wars?

  1. Hazel A says:

    HI Kai, I think you did a good job on your video. You covered many different topics and explained them well. I thought it was very interesting how only sometimes children get a rehab option.


  2. Niklas C says:

    How many support groups are there and where are they available for the kids? What is the long term effect of the support groups?


  3. Prem Osborne says:

    I think that you did a good job overall with your facts and it was good that you chose a topic that not many people know about and should be brought attention to it. The only thing I would say is you need to make it more colorful and pop out.

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  4. Lindsay Sidore says:

    This was a very intriguing piece to read and listen to. I really enjoyed the emotion you conveyed in your video and it is obvious that you put in a lot of effort. You wrote quite a bit which definitely strengthened your post, though there were numerous grammar and capitalization mistakes. Your audio also could’ve been clearer. I think you did a really great job on this project and there are only a few things I would edit.

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