The Children of Iraq

  1. [font=Comic Sans MS]WARNING!!!
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]The pictures within the link are real-life and show a range of photos from soldiers helping children to children holding guns to the victims of horrible violence. Some of the pictures show very graphic injuries. Some pictures such as the crying child are merely haunting.
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]Do NOT click on the link unless you are prepared to see the results, the terrible results of war.

    http://www.zonaeuropa.com/01467.htm
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    could not finish looking.....heartwrenching.......

    i can't imagine MY kids in this situation. It's too horrible to comprehend.
  4. by   NorthER,RN
    The children and their mothers have suffered so much in Iraq and in every other war - I wonder if we (humanity) will ever learn. Thank you Fluesy for the link to see these poor victims of war.
  5. by   Rep
    The only thing these children will know is violence. Sad....
  6. by   perfectbluebuildings
    wow.
    really brings it all home.
    those poor little ones.
    what has happened to their childhood?
    i am shaken, hurt, sad, and angry- with myself-
    for not realizing things like this were really happening.
    God help us all.
  7. by   Mkue
    wow, I thought some of the pictures looked staged..kind of like the photos of soldiers cradling injured Iraqi children in their arms.
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from Tigerlily
    wow, I thought some of the pictures looked staged..kind of like the photos of soldiers cradling injured Iraqi children in their arms.
    are YOU serious???
  9. by   Fluesy
    Quote from Tigerlily
    wow, I thought some of the pictures looked staged..kind of like the photos of soldiers cradling injured Iraqi children in their arms.
    [font=Comic Sans MS]You mean like the one where the injured child was doctored to make it into a picture of a smiling child looking up at it's "hero"? THAT one? The one that was a stolen copyright?
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]Yes, you could claim that these have been "doctored" but these are from the original photographer not someone doing a touch up. But if you want to check veracity feel free to do a google on them. Or feel free to show me, as the touch-up photos did where the touch-ups have occured?
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://preventionpathways.samhsa.gov...t_children.htm
    Children Witnessing Violence

    http://www.ncptsd.org/facts/specific..._com_viol.html
    A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet
    By Carole Goguen, Psy.D.

    The study of community violence includes examining both predatory violence (usually a stranger trying to take something of value using physical threats or direct violence) and violence arising from nonfamily interpersonal conflicts (this usually concerns acquaintances involved in an altercation). Both types of violence may include brutal acts such as shootings, rapes, stabbings, and beatings. Historically, the focus of media attention and scholarly research has been on crime-related trauma involving adults. However, increasingly it is recognized that many children and adolescents are exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods and schools. Furthermore, community violence is now recognized as a public health issue, especially among the young. Accordingly, researchers and clinicians concerned with community violence are intensifying their focus on youthful victims and the consequences of their trauma exposure, including the development of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)...

    ...PTSD commonly develops after a child has been exposed to community violence.
    Some people think that young children are not psychologically affected by exposure to community violence because they are too young to understand or remember the violence. However, studies have found posttraumatic symptoms and disorders among infants and toddlers....

    ...Adolescents with PTSD also experience nightmares and intrusive thoughts about the trauma. They may be easily startled and avoid reminders of the trauma. They can become depressed, angry, distrustful, fearful, and alienated, and they may feel betrayed. Many do not feel they have a future and believe that they will not reach adulthood....

    ...The impact of community violence exposure is not felt by the youth alone. A child's or adolescent's exposure to community violence also affects his or her family. Extreme anxiety concerning the child's health and well-being is a common parental reaction.

    Resources for parents may be limited, which may lead to frustration and anger. Many parents blame themselves for not protecting their child adequately. They may become overprotective or use punitive discipline in response to their child's trauma-related acting out behavior. Relationships among family members can become strained. Parents find themselves having to face the task of reassuring their child while trying to cope with their own fears, especially if there is chronic risk for future community violence exposure....

    http://www.amendinc.org/artchild1.htm

    We live in a society that rates movies and music for age appropriateness because we believe what children watch on the big screen and listen to on the radio will influence their world-view, socialization, fears and sense of safety....

    ...The effects of witnessing violence at home are both devasting and long lasting for the children living in this world of chaos, uncertainty and danger, leaving imprints in their memory that cannot be forgotten. If this idea seems unlikely, sit down with a child or an adult who, as a child, has witnessed violence in their home. Listen to their stories...

    ...We must remember and fight for the rights of our children. Their voices speak truth and carry the hopes of our future. Children have a right to protection from abuse and exploitation as well as the right to be brought up in a loving, and nurturing environment (United Nations, Declaration of the Rights of a Child). We cannot forget that the effects of witnessing violence rob children of their right to be a child
  11. by   Mkue
    Quote from Fluesy
    [font=Comic Sans MS]You mean like the one where the injured child was doctored to make it into a picture of a smiling child looking up at it's "hero"? THAT one? The one that was a stolen copyright?
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    [font=Comic Sans MS]Yes, you could claim that these have been "doctored" but these are from the original photographer not someone doing a touch up. But if you want to check veracity feel free to do a google on them. Or feel free to show me, as the touch-up photos did where the touch-ups have occured?
    Look closely at the photo with the toddler sitting against a wall with guns/rifles, I don't imagine someone sat the toddler there on purpose for the photo? I doubt the toddler arranged the rifles himself for the photo.
  12. by   Mkue
    Children Witnessing Violence
    children in the U.S. witness violence also, many children can step out their front door in their own neighborhood here in the U.S. and witness drive-by shootings..etc..
  13. by   Fluesy
    [font=Comic Sans MS]You didn't let all the photos load did you? Otherwise you would not make comments like this.


    No comparison
    Last edit by Fluesy on Feb 18, '05
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Stepping over the dead bodies of one's countrymen, while walking through one's own neighborhood, (which now is reduced to rubble and trash), is hardly comparable to life for our kids here in the USA ----not to mention likely all of these kids have lost at least ONE family member in this war, more likely SEVERAL. Likely, several are orphaned now. No safety net of welfare for THEM, either. NO public assistance to help them rebuild their lives. Probably no hope in some of their wee minds.

    My God----No way can you say it's the same; I am sorry, I have to agree with the above poster, no comparison. :stone
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Feb 18, '05

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