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Drone strikes linked to “unprecedented” psychological trauma in Pakistan

9 April 2013 Salon 18 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

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Drone strikes linked to “unprecedented” psychological trauma in Pakistan

“They are always apprehensive about the drones, about their lives,” said Pehshawar psychiatrist

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A report from the AFP this week finds that the psychological trauma suffered by Pakistanis living under the threat of U.S. drone strikes and Taliban fighting is “unprecedented.” An extensive, on the ground study carried out last year by the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic of Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the New York University School of Law described the environment of “constant fear” under which Pakistanis in drone-struck regions, such as Waziristan, live. Monday’s AFP report notes a “growing number of Pakistanis living in the tribal areas on the Afghan border who ha[ve] suffered from conditions related to depression, anxiety and other mental health problems because of war”:

U.S. drone strikes, fighting between Pakistani Taliban and the army, mass displacement, chronic unemployment and disillusionment are all causing mental suffering on an unprecedented scale in northwest Pakistan, say psychiatrists.

…”Depression is really high in Waziristan,” said doctor Muktar ul-Haq, head of the psychiatry department at the government-run Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, the largest city in the northwest.

“There is uncertainty generally in Pakistan but particularly in this area. They are always apprehensive about the drones, about their lives,” he said.

While drone attacks do bring patients “episodically” for treatment, he says, residents in Waziristan complain of living in constant fear of drones that patrol in the skies above and the buzzing sound they say they emit.

“The sound alone gives us psychological grief,” said Kaleemullah Mehsud, a man in his 30s from Waziristan, who spoke to AFP in Peshawar.

…There is a growing demand for locally made tranquilizers and anti-depressants – cheap copies of expensive drugs manufactured in the West.

 

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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18 Comments »

  1. It’s a shame we’re just randomly bombing innocent people completely at random. Yup, we’re just lobbing bombs at random into Pakistan. Oh, say, why did you leave off the part where it says ‘and Taliban fighting’?

  2. So, the part about fighting between Pakistani Taliban and the army, mass displacement, chronic unemployment and disillusionment all causing mental suffering on an unprecedented scale in northwest Pakistan , which is what the psychiatrists are actually saying, isn’t important? It would seem that if you deleted the Taliban, then the drones, fighting, army, mass displacement would all go away. That would leave unemployment and disillusionment, which will probably require major changes to the Pakistani government to deal with.

  3. So, the part about fighting between Pakistani Taliban and the army, mass displacement, chronic unemployment and disillusionment all causing mental suffering on an unprecedented scale in northwest Pakistan , which is what the psychiatrists are actually saying, isn’t important? It would seem that if you deleted the Taliban, then the drones, fighting, army, mass displacement would all go away. That would leave unemployment and disillusionment, which will probably require major changes to the Pakistani government to deal with.

  4. A fellow from the local Pakistani taliban tribe, who helped 2 western hostages escape, paid the price with his own life.

  5. Rosen: so if im your neighbor and theres a foul smell coming from your basement and I ask you to remove it and you dont know how, I start torching your basement and you ask why im doing it, can I just say “well if you get rid of that smell ill stop torching your basement”?

  6. Rosen: so if im your neighbor and theres a foul smell coming from your basement and I ask you to remove it and you dont know how, I start torching your basement and you ask why im doing it, can I just say “well if you get rid of that smell ill stop torching your basement”?

  7. If US soldiers are fully armed and can do as they please but come back with ptsd, it’s unimaginable how bad can these innocent people have it. we can’t even fathom how terrorizing it might living in constant fear of missiles flying out of the sky and not being able to do anything about it

  8. If US soldiers are fully armed and can do as they please but come back with ptsd, it’s unimaginable how bad can these innocent people have it. we can’t even fathom how terrorizing it might living in constant fear of missiles flying out of the sky and not being able to do anything about it

  9. :(

  10. :(

  11. innocent muslims with suicide vests on that kill indiscriminantly or ones that attack from the rear and stab people in the back very brave BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE RELIGION OF PEACE

  12. Why am i not suprised that most likes for this crappy page come from Chicago? A city with one of the biggest muslim communities in the US, Also one of the most miserable cities to live in. Coincidence?

  13. Still, US government has no reason to be there. It’s really scary you know? :)

  14. what is scary is the amount of muslims that believe every word in the koran and take it to the extreme plus i have not heard a word of complaint from the kurds in iraq that were being killed by goddam insane about the western allies taking him out of the game how many libyans have complained about the assistance given by the west to take out gaddaffi and how many muslim lives were saved when nato sent troops into bosnia when the serbs were slaying muslims you muzzrats and muzzrat sympathisers have selective memories now fuck off back to your caves you are only happy in countries that do not have a muslim government you whining twats

  15. @ clive sadler

    What is scary is the amazing amount of ignorant and of course spurious BS spouted by brainless buffoons like yourself. The West has done absolutely nothing good for the Muslims! Every ‘intervention’ has brought nothing but destruction and mass slaughter and endless suffering, which was prob the idea anyway. Even those troops sent into Bosnia allowed the Serbs to massacre 8-10000 civilian men in Srebrenica who foolishly trusted in the protection of the UN.
    If you hear no protests from Libya, it’s either because those, who survived the massive bombings of civilians, no longer dare to speak up, or they have been driven from their homes. Everywhere unleashed militias are abducting and torturing and murdering people, when they’re not exporting guns to the Al Nusra terrorists, who recently joined US invented Al Qaeda, in fighting the legally elected Assad gov. in Syria. Iraq is too sad to comment on; it’s just utterly ruined.

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