UNICEF says almost all of Gaza’s children need mental health support

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GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday that it estimates that 17,000 children in Gaza were unaccompanied or separated from their families during the conflict, and that almost all children in the Strip are believed to need support. Mental health.

“They are displaying symptoms such as extremely high levels of constant anxiety, loss of appetite,” said Jonathan Crakes, UNICEF Chief of Communications in the occupied Palestinian territories. “They cannot sleep, have emotional outbursts or panic every time they hear bombing.” .

“Before this war, UNICEF was already studying that 500,000 children were already in need of mental health and psychosocial support services in Gaza. Today, our estimates indicate that almost all children are in need of this support, that is, more than one million children.”

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Rachel Moore)

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