Public Meeting organised by Women Solidarity for an Independent and Unified Iraq
IRAQ: Trauma, 'an indelible mark' on the lives of women and children
How to assist survivors of the brutal war and their Families
Since 2003, Iraqi women and children have increasingly been caught in military operations, bombings, arbitrary arrests, and displacement from their homes. They are raped, kidnapped or assassinated and are especially vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.
Such traumatic events often result in serious stress and posttraumatic psychological consequences for survivors and their families and they are in urgent need of help to cope with daily threats and prolonged traumas and above all to keep their dignity.
"Currently, the Iraqi population presents a broad-based youthful age composition –with 43% under the age of 15. But this youth/adolescent bulge can become a concern in the context of a fragile state, few economic opportunities and poor service delivery. Severe schooling disruptions, poor quality education, violence, war and displacement have certainly had a very strong impact on children’s well-being, mental health and development. Other external factors like malnutrition, child labour and early marriage also inhibit child and youth education and development. Therefore, the new generation is not well equipped to enter adult life."(*)
Public seminar with two short films and discussion following a talk by Dr. Omar Ahmed, a Consultant Psychiatrist. Dr Ahmed was born in Haifa in old Palestine, grew up in Iraq, working in the UK since 1980.
Date: Tues 26 Oct 2010
Time : 18:30 - 21:30
Venue: Pirate Castel, Oval Road, London
Closest underground station is Camden Town (Northern Line) see map here
Refreshments will be served. All Welcome