Heartbreaking images of Omran Daqneesh, 5, spread around the world after he was injured in an air strike. Picture: Getty.
SYRIAN children have such bad PTSD that doctors have been forced to come up with a new name for it — “human devastation syndrome”.
The brutal war in the country has been raging for five years now, with almost 400,000 people killed, according to the United Nations.
The savage conflict has seen the country’s civilian population mercilessly bombed by government forces and terrorised by jihadi groups like ISIS.
The killing shows no signs of abating and the horror has taken its toll on the country’s children.
Heart-rending images of bloodied screaming kids being pulled from the rubble of their homes has become an almost daily sight since 2011.
This file photo taken on August 25, 2016 shows a Syrian man carrying a wounded baby in the rubble of buildings following a barrel bomb attack. Picture: AFP.
And doctors who have worked in the country say kids there are so traumatised there was no existing name to describe what they were suffering.
Dr M.K. Hamza, a neuropsychologist with the Syrian-American Medical Society (SAMS), told a local news service: “We have talked to so many children, and their devastation is above and beyond what even soldiers are able to see in the war.”
The doctor chairs the mental health committee of SAMS — a non-profit organisation that works on the front lines to provide medical reliefs to victims of the horrific conflict.
He said the symptoms displayed by many Syrian children went far beyond those normally associated with PTSD.
This file photo taken on September 11, 2016 shows Syrian men carrying babies make their way through the rubble of destroyed buildings. Picture: AFP.
So mental health professionals have been forced to come up with a new name for the condition — “human devastation syndrome”.
Dr Hamza explained: “They have seen dismantled human beings that used to be their parents, or their siblings.
“Out of a family of five or six or 10 or whatever — you get one survivor, two survivors sometimes.
“A lot of them have physical impairments — amputations, severe injuries.”