Help Those Children_the abandoned and homeless

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The effects of war on children
In many conflict zones children account for the majority of the casualties. Most die not from the weapons, but from hunger or preventable diseases that aren’t prevented or treated because the health systems and infrastructure have been destroyed.
One of the gravest effects of war is the way it disrupts and destroys children’s education. Yet education really is the best weapon against poverty and conflict.
War destroys industries, jobs and infrastructure. It can put a huge strain on families and conflict is usually taking place in the poorest countries in the first place. Parents often can’t afford to look after their children and may be forced to keep them at home to look after siblings, to work instead of going to school, or the children may even end up on the streets in the most acute cases of poverty.
The psychological and emotional trauma caused by war have been widely studied in recent years. Whereas soldiers in the First World War received little sympathy for suffering from ‘shell shock’, more is now understood about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
It adversely affects adults who are sent to fight in conflicts, and the effects on vulnerable and impressionable children can be worse. Particularly as many don’t really understand what the conflict is about or why it is happening. It can affect their ability to forge healthy relationships with adults or with their peers. Some turn to alcohol or drug misuse as a coping mechanism – this behaviour is particularly common among street children and child soldiers.
This is an important point and it forms the basis of this campaign. We don’t treat children as helpless victims; instead we look to build on their own resilience. Our campaign is to give young people the tools and opportunities to rebuild their own lives, and create the protective environment for them to do by raising funds for their orphanages.


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