“Chronic Uncertainty”: Reflection on Occupation-Related Child Trauma by Bethlehem Social Worker

+972 Magazine published a reflection by Vicky Hosker, who works with Palestinian children at a Bethlehem charity. Hosker relates the stories of several children whose experiences of occupation have left them with chronic fear of soldiers and difficulty sleeping. She reflects that even children who have not directly experienced violence “inherit the anxieties and preoccupations of their parents.” She concludes that the children she works with will likely suffer the psychological repercussions of their childhood trauma through adulthood. She also notes that the only way to end such trauma is to change the “relentless pattern” of violence in the West Bank.

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