Derna children traumatised in aftermath of Libya floods triggered by Storm Daniel

Children in Libya’s Derna city have been suffering from depression and loss of speech, while some even attempted suicide after the Mediterranean Storm Daniel wreaked havoc on their hometown, Anadolu Agency reports. Derna was the hardest hit by the floods, causing the city’s dams to burst, washing away homes and people. “Nearly 300,000 children are estimated to have been exposed to the powerful Storm Daniel across eastern Libya,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) stated on 14 September. “The numbers of affected children represent an entire generation,” Libyan psychiatrist, Shaheen Al-Zayani said. Al-Zayani explained that “children who have been exposed to the flood disaster have been severely affected psychologically.” “This situation will unfortunately cast a shadow over the entire country […] Source

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