International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health
Vol 5, No 4 (2018) April 2018
Rise of human devastation syndrome in Syria
Syed Roshaan Ahmed, Syed Uzair Mahmood, Haema Waheed
The Syria Civil War, which started in 2011, has killed 400,000 people. It has forced more than 11 million people to suffer and has caused not only the people to migrate but also to be displaced within their own country. The war has brought only misery in the lives of Syrians as the damage has only focused on residents of the region in combat. The children have faced the worst, losing their parents, siblings or even friends to violence, suffering physical and psychological trauma. Out of the 11 million and more people who have suffered, 4.9 million Syrians are refugees and 6.1 million have displaced within Syria, out of which half of those affected are children.
The end result of the continued Syria Civil War is that those who have managed to survive have been severely damaged both physically and psychologically, disturbing their interpersonal, psychosocial, physical and mental health. The incidence of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) increases in such a situation, which tends to affect the lives of the Syrian people permanently.