I CAME back two weeks ago from a ten days trip to the Turkish-Syrian border and I was totally convinced that there should be a place called “Hell fire”.
My “Hand in Hand for Syria” arranged trip was to treat war induced psychological traumas or what is known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder “PTSD”. I used a NICE recommended method called “Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing” because sufferers could improve after having one to three sessions, each session last 40-50 minutes.
Within the ten days, I managed to treat 99 patients (but they were not easy to find). They are scattered between refugees’ camps, rehabilitation units, small field hospitals, disused empty shops and abandoned small old hotels and bedsits.
To find those who suffer with PTSD, I had to interview a large number of refugees, hospital patients, health workers and staff because the majority of the refugees and injured patients had no idea what PTSD meant.
Out of the 99 patients, 30 per cent had PTSD, 35 per cent had depression, many had anxiety, phobias, and sleep disorder and a large number of the children I saw had conduct disorders, bed wetting problems and phobias.
By the end of the ten days, I started getting distressed myself having listened to too many horrible stories while performing mental state examinations.
I saw too many Syrians with missing limbs, partial or total paralysis, extreme distress and multiple scars caused by torture.
But all of them were exposed to horrible, brutal and savage attacks and many of them lost as many as ten or more family members who were killed in front of their eyes.
My trip answered a question that has always repeated in my mind: “why did God create hell”.
By the end of my mission inside Syria and around the war zone, I found the answer: there are so many evil people who are prepared to torture and destroy other fellow human beings for the sake of political gains, money grabbing, forcing their own ideas, and some even love to act as horrible and evil wild monsters that we only see in science fiction films in Britain.
For those, you could demand from God to create hell and take them there forever.
Dr. Issam Ghannam, Psychiatrist