Photo by @magdarakita
from the project “my liver is bleeding” about mental health and post traumatic stress among the civilian population in afghanistan.
raesa comforts her daughter lisa. since an attack on their house in kunduz, when they had to escape with only a change of clothes, lisa has difficulties sleeping and focusing and often cries. they visited a mullah, who insisted she was just a little scared. symptoms of ptsd, like flashbacks, hyper-vigilance, or being suspicious of afraid to leave the house, are not considered particularly abnormal.
as the symptoms persisted, the family decided it may be worthwhile to see a doctor. the mother says “every minute we think about war. what if they come? we don’t have money and means to escape. until the war ends, this disease will be everywhere”. if you want to read more about the ptsd and mental health in afganistan, please read the article on medium: “why there is no ptsd in afghanistan” https://medium.com/ href="/explore/magdarakita">@magdarakita
it was challenging and emotional to work on this project, and i am grateful to the people who allowed us into their lives and shared their stories as well as to baag.org.uk for financing it.
thank you for the opportunity to share this story here.
3 450 September 2018