Survivor Guilt: The Invisible War Palestinians and Pro-Palestinians Are Facing

Published May 21st, 2021 - 10:00 GMT
Survivor Guilt: The Invisible War Palestinians and Pro-Palestinians Are Facing
The mental health of those who survived is deteriorating by the second and therefore something has to be done in order to ensure the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of Palestinians. (shutterstock)

For the past 10 days, the entire world has been watching the horrific war crimes that the Palestinian people are facing. As of writing, about 219 Palestinians have been killed, 63 of which were children. The atrocities against the people of Palestine are leaving more than 1,500 people injured and many homeless. And even those who were not killed are left to live with the trauma of losing a loved one, enduring airstrikes and missiles or even just watching people being brutally murdered. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, those who survive the bombs and missiles may not be able to survive the trauma that they went through. Among other kinds of traumas, some survivors can end up having survivor guilt without even knowing. Survivor guilt is a feeling of guilt that someone experiences for surviving a traumatic experience when others don’t. It can also arise from feeling like you don’t deserve to stay alive when others are dying. While the intensity and duration of survivor guilt differs from one person to another, it is imperative that people understand that feeling guilty is normal and there is nothing to be ashamed of. Therefore, it is instrumental for those suffering from it to work through it and seek professional help when necessary. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I am feeling the need to go to Gaza and hold their children close and I feel guilty because I can’t and get to hold mine instead while their mothers, fathers and grandparents cannot.” - Dina Saoudi, Co founder Seven Circles, Seven’s World and Empowering through™

“Since the beginning of the events in Palestine I’ve posted on social media, tried to educate people and went to protests. But it still never felt enough. I always felt guilty for not being there fighting alongside my brothers and sisters.” - Leen Amro, Medical Student 

There is a huge need for human rights organizations and the united nations to step in and stop the genocide that is happening right now in Palestine. Those who are surviving are left with mental and emotional wounds that they might never recover from. The mental health of those who survived is deteriorating by the second and therefore something has to be done in order to ensure the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of Palestinians.


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