Children of War| 43mins
Director: Eva Arnvig | Producer: Eva Arnvig
Focus Years: 2008 | Country: Denmark
When adults fight, children lose. "Children of War" is a documentary about the 6 million children in Afghanistan suffering from post-war post-traumatic stress disorder and physical handicaps due to the war. Most of these children live in extreme poverty, many are orphans. Most school drop-outs cannot go to school because they have to go begging food for their parents or having to do child work. At least one million children have to make a living to bring food home to their family.
Their experiences: All the children have seen dead bodies, thus most of the children do not believe they will survive to adulthood. These experiences create scars that wonâ€™t heal. Children participating in the film had seen headless bodies, limbs, and massacred people among their own family and in their local villages. Post-war post-traumatic stress disorder compromises the childhoods of these children, seriously affecting their learning capacities and their mental development. Experts in child development that specialize in children exposed to war and terrorism also add that these children will suffer severe problems raising their own children and dealing with family and adult problems. They will become easily accustomed to violent behavior.
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