The war sacrificed countless lives and caused tremendous physical and mental trauma to the survivors.
Many people know that war is cruel. Many people lost their lives in combat. However, those who have experienced war first know how brutal and desperate war is for people. In the Afghanistan War, the monthly casualties of the US military alone were shocking. As pointed out in this article, Afghanistan Updates: The U.S. Occupation Is Over, Ending America’s Longest War, the death toll in the recent conflict between Afghanistan and the United States on both sides reached 170,000, not to mention the number of wounded and captured. It may be just a set of numbers in front of some people, but behind the numbers are living families.
The war also affected the economy of the entire region. Local buildings were reduced to ashes in the battle, countless animals were abandoned, and myriad battle trees burned down. The people have lost their homes and property, and they don’t know how to survive.
After the war, some survivors suffered physical injuries to varying degrees. Some people have life-long incurable sequelae due to war. Except for some physical injuries, most children who grew up in the war suffered from mental illnesses, such as PTSD. In the investigations issued by the government, Women in refuge: Syrian women voicing health sequelae due to war traumatic experiences and displacement challenges, pointed: ” Barriers to obtaining physical and mental health services are discussed, including inadequate medical treatment, lack of mental health services, and stigma on mental health, which might be associated to somatization of mental illnesses.”
War is unavoidable. Some people think that these are inevitable for society. However, if you put yourself in this position, the problem will change—people who were displaced and lived in the war every day. Any language and description are pale.
Schmitt, Lauren Katzenberg and Eric. “Afghanistan Updates: The U.S. Occupation Is over, Ending America’s Longest War.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 13 Sept. 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/08/30/world/afghanistan-news.
Rizkalla N, Arafa R, Mallat NK, Soudi L, Adi S, Segal SP. Women in refuge: Syrian women voicing health sequelae due to war traumatic experiences and displacement challenges. J Psychosom Res. 2020 Feb;129:109909. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2019.109909. Epub 2019 Dec 24. PMID: 31901581. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31901581/