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How Can Natural Disasters Affect Our Children’s Emotional Health?

Zimbabwe struggling to feed itself as natural disasters wreak havoc

Rural communities in eastern Zimbabwe hit by the full force of two natural disasters since the beginning of 2019 are struggling to survive.

Cylone Idai combined with the worst drought in living memory have left the people of Manicaland province reliant on monthly food baskets from the United Nations and Zimbabwean government.

Village elder Phonny Marange is one of 85,145 people in Mutare district – one of Manicaland’s 10 administrative areas – who qualifies for lean-season assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP), delivered on the ground by the Irish aid agency Goal.

Sitting with hunched shoulders and crossed arms at a food pick-up station near Mutare, the provincial capital, Marange describes how nature’s double whammy has strained people’s resilience to breaking point…

 

How Can Natural Disasters Affect Our Children’s Emotional Health?

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After a natural disaster, parents may not realize the anxiety their children feel, and might not recognize complains about physical discomforts such as headaches or stomach aches caused by stress.

It is a wise decision knowing beforehand how to care for our children if a natural disasteroccurs where we live. Natural disasters can traumatize children gravely and it takes a lot of effort and patience for helping children mentally overcome the event suffered.

According to specialists after a catastrophe, children can suffer emotional effects and behavior changes for months or even years. This may affect the family environment due to the attitude of the children or the parents themselves who may also experience strong emotions regarding the tragedy they suffered.

After a natural disaster, parents may not realize the anxiety their children feel, and might not recognize complains about physical discomforts such as headaches or stomach aches caused by stress. They may havetrouble sleepingand have more frequent nightmares, especially about the disaster. During the day they may have re-lived memories or the case of young children expressing their strong feelings…

 

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