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Medical News & Perspectives
August 13, 2008

Psychiatrists Strive to Help Children Heal Mental Wounds From War and Disasters

JAMA. 2008;300(6):642-643. doi:10.1001/jama.300.6.642

Washington, DC—Most of the casualties of the estimated 50 armed conflicts that currently rage around the world are civilians, many of them children.

Survivors of these conflicts, which are mostly in developing countries, often contend with loss of parents and other family members, injuries, forced displacement, sexual and other violence, hunger, unsafe water, lack of medical care and schools, disease, and other woes. Earthquakes, floods, and other natural disasters that strike areas disrupted by war or struggling with poverty compound such problems.