The impact of child detention: Occupied Palestinian Territory

Save the Children and East Jerusalem YMCA – Rehabilitation Program have launched their joint report "Impact of Child Detention: occupied Palestinian territory". The report describes the psychosocial repercussions on children, their families and their communities. It found that over 90% of child ex-detainees benefiting from the “Post-trauma Rehabilitation of Palestinian Ex-detainee Children in the West Bank Programme” suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The detention experience has many consequences for the child on emotional, psychological and social levels. The effect of detention is not limited in time. Interviews with children and their families, as well as with the programme counselors as presented in this report suggest that the detention experience is traumatic, regardless of its duration.