One family in Gaza

Images and voices say a lot more than the written word, especially when it comes to trauma. One of the most impressive, touching videos that I have seen on trauma is this one:


A few months after the 2008/9 Israeli attack that killed over 1000 Palestinian people, filmmaker Jen Marlowe visited Gaza. Among the many families she met and the stories she heard, one family stood out. In the video she shows the story of Kamal and Wafaa Awajah and their children. As Marlowe writes:

Wafaa described the execution of their son, Ibrahim. As she spoke, her children played on the rubble of their destroyed home. Kamal talked about struggling to help his kids heal from trauma.

Palestinians in Gaza are depicted either as violent terrorists or as helpless victims. The Awajah family challenges both portrayals. Through one family’s story, the larger tragedy of Gaza is exposed, and the courage and resilience of its people shines through.

Take your time to watch, it is a powerful reminder of why we work in the trauma field.


3 thoughts on “One family in Gaza

  1. Thanks for sharing Eva.

    I led two missions into Gaza during my time with WHO in Geneva (2008,9). Your post brought it all back to me!



  2. Yes, Eva, you are right: why we work in the trauma field? This is the question.

    My answer now, after many years of clinical practice, is: to help to stop these wars and create a need for a psychotraumatological analysis and treatment in all those who find that war is a way to solve any problems. This cruel, brutal and sadic example shown in detail in the video is just the best example we can see our days of compulsion repetition, identification with the agressor and paranoic acting outs in a group that has been before in the same role as these palestinian victims for generations.

    This should be the target of our therapeutic efforts in the first place today, I think.

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