The Consequences of War
"War is hell... it has an impact on the people who take part that never heals." One does not have to participate in a war in order to suffer the consequences. There are many negative consequences of war. In the article "Mental Health Consequences of War: A Brief Review of Research Findings." written by Sirinivasa Murthy and Rashmi Lakshminarayana the mental health which occurs during and after war are studied. “Death as a result of wars is simply the "tip of the iceberg" (Murthy and Lakshminarayana). Others include poverty, malnutrition, disability and psychological effects. “"10% of the people who experience traumatic events will have serious mental health problems and another 10% will develop behavior that will hinder their ability to function effectively” ((Murthy and Lakshminarayana). Which is a staggering number to consider. These effects include, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and insomnia. These are the most difficult disorders in which a person can suffer from. Chris Hondros shows several consequences of war throughout his photographs. His photo of Samar Haasan is a perfect example. The photograph shows Samar a five year old covered in her parent's blood and screaming in agony. One can imagine the trauma she is experiencing. Not to mention she will now be an orphan. Furthermore, the photographs of the ruins of Libya portray the economic consequences of war. City are destroyed during wars which means business are lost. Finally, Hondros is a symbol of the human loss due to fact that he himself was killed by a mortar attack on June 20th 2011(Praetorius ). Another representation of consequences of war is expressed by Ashley Gilbertson in his film. He discussed more of the psychological effect of war and the emotional toll it has on the soldiers. With PTSD often leads to suicidal thoughts and sometimes suicide. Gilbertson says we need to listen to their stories and help them. Gilbertson himself...
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