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Child Hostages Back In Israel Only Speaking In Whispers, Trouble Sleeping

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Children held hostage by Hamas after the October 7 massacre of Israelis suffered severe trauma, with many showing signs of malnutrition and psychological distress.

Doctors found that the children spoke in whispers, exhibited fear, and had difficulty eating.

Some were given drugs to keep them quiet, leading to sleep problems. (Trending: Prominent LGBTQ Activist Arrested Over Disturbing Charges)

The children’s experiences have deeply affected them, with long-term psychological distress likely.

The hostages were told not to speak about their conditions, leading to hesitancy in sharing their experiences.

The ordeal has significantly altered their reality, leaving lasting effects.

“They looked like shadows of children.” Efrat Bron-Harlev, chief executive of the Schneider Children’s Medical Center said.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before,” Renana Eitan, chair of psychiatry at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, added.

“We feel as a group that we have to rewrite the textbook.”

“They did not believe that anyone was looking for them,” Bron-Harlev said of teens who Hamas convinced Israel had been demolished.

“What we have found—even if it’s a very short episode of kidnapping—is that they experience long-term psychological distress mostly manifested in the form of trauma,” Nigerian psychologist Fatima Akilu stated.

Sometimes you don’t see the effects now but you can see it 10 to 20 years later.”

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