scars of war in Afghanistan were not limited to physical destruction.
Psychological damage of war on Afghan’s young generation is also
considerable. Unfortunately, children are among the main victims. As we
know children are very vulnerable and dependent. They are developing not
only physically but mentality and emotionally. The sudden and violent
onset of emergencies, the disruption of families and community
structures deeply affect the physical and psychological wellbeing of
children. These impacts include withdrawal from social contact and
activities such as playing, laughing, and expressing emotions. The
damage is translated into sadness, feeling of guilt, aggression,
sleeping difficulties, nightmares and so on.
Afghan children are deeply affected by psychological impacts of
years war. Some Afghan families describe their
children as aggressive and intolerant towards each other
which is considered a direct impact of war on
Afghan Children because they grew up in years of fighting,
bombing, shooting that emotionally damaged them and their
generations have been deeply influenced by two decades of war.
Most of them cannot read or write a simple sentence, while on
the other hand those same children can easily use sophisticated
weapons. This impact can be realized through the simple choice
of instruments such as weapon tanks and bomb in the form of
psychological wounds that long years of war inflicted on Afghan
children and young generations can and is scaring them for life.
Therefore, it's very important that Afghan education
authorities assign psychologists in Afghan schools to help those
children recover from long living nightmares.
describe very well the psychological impacts of war on
Afghan children and young generations.
The Children of Kabul research project