Pacific children bear mental scars of climate disasters

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Pacific children bear mental scars of climate disasters

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A family sits under a tree waiting for help with their possessions at Lolowai Port on Vanuatu’s northern island of Ambae. Reuters

Each time teenager Freddy Sei hears the rumble of thunder, sees rains pound the earth in his small coastal village or watches strong winds whip palm trees, he is gripped with fear.

The 15-year-old lives in Vanuatu, a Pacific island nation that two years ago was ravaged by monster cyclone Pam with Freddy watching as huts were blown away and water rushed in to submerge his village of South River on Erromango island.

“I was scared because the winds just took the houses away, there was heavy rain and the river banks was overflowing,” said Freddy, speaking through a translator.

“I’m scared that if it ever floods at night, it will come into my house and the flood will take me away. That’s one of my greatest fears,” said the small-framed boy, one of nearly 200 residents of the isolated seaside community of South River – vulnerable to flooding, landslides and rising seas.

A barrage of natural disasters across the low-lying Pacific islands is inflicting lasting mental trauma on children, with one healthcare expert describing it as a “ticking time bomb”.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) depression, anxiety and suicide tend to increase after a natural disaster, according to a March report by American Psychological Association (APA).

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