Art therapy project in Gaza massacre


- Art therapy project to ameliorate devastating psychological affects on children due to Gaza massacre

Art therapy project to ameliorate devastating psychological affects on children due to Gaza massacre

07.03.08 – 12:56

IImagemage Kristen Ess

Palestinian children are routinely subjected to scenes that no adult should have to witness and the psychological affects are devastating.

Insomnia, anemia from inability to eat, bed-wetting, stunted psychological development which continues to affect Palestinians later in life, fear of leaving the home, are just some of the issues mentioned by doctors in the southern Gaza Strip throughout years of interviews.

“Our children are facing fear, anxiety and tension after living through tragedy and violence, the scenes of death and destruction.”

Samih Abu Zackheh, the Director of the Center of Arts for the Palestinian Child, focuses on art therapy.

He describes the pictures that the children draw as having recurrent themes: tanks, warplanes, bulldozers uprooting trees, smoke rising from homes after missiles have hit, ambulances.

“These have become the dominant figures in the drawings of childhood.

He says that of utmost importance is to instill some sort of normalcy and routine into children’s lives, which is difficult under the best of circumstances under occupation. And after the recent spate of killings in Gaza, over 125 killed by Israeli forces in a week’s time, and with Israeli forces seriously impacting the rights of children, this is difficult, but crucial. Israeli forces also killed 20 school children in Gaza and two in the West Bank during the week.

To be happy, to play in the sun, to hold soccer matches without fear of being shot, as has been the case in Khan Younis Refugee Camp, are among the rights of children. Imprisoning chidren at 11 years old, opening fire on elementary schools, shooting children in the legs who throw stones at the Old City gate in Hebron, are all violations of the right to childhood.

In addition to the art therapy project, there is other work underway to find ways to provide direct psychological counseling to both child and parent, in order to help parents who are struggling with their own losses, guide their children through the ongoing tragedies.

Source: http://english.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2500&Itemid=28

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One response to “Art therapy project in Gaza massacre

  1. Certified Teacher of Rehabilitating Arts

    This is a one sided manipulative and propaganda article and should not be published without comment . Already the title ” Gaza massacre” suggests incitement. There never was any “massacre”, there was a war and military reaction to endless years of palestinian bombings on cilivlians and public places, (including schools and kindergardens) of the south of israel. By the way, the same residents of the south,- especially trauma children have been in therapy for years! The author of the article vorgets to mention that palestinian children are being uses as bomb shields in weapon arsenals or being brainwashed to become “shahids” children soldiers. Lets summon it up: all children on both sides are “facing fear, anxiety and tension after living through tragedy and violence, the scenes of death and destruction” and peace will be essential for therapy…

    J.G. Certified Teacher of Rehabilitating Arts

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