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The Living dead bodies

‘A Happy Life’. What does this phrase means to you? How important is a satisfied life to you? A life where there are no worries, anxieties, depression or injustice is a life that every human being dreams of and praises at the same time. It is the most beautiful phenomenon in today’s world but very hard to achieve.

‘Happiness’ is a word with thousands of meanings though, it is earned by everyone for one sole purpose and that is inner peace. People tend to do things in life which makes them gratified for what they are, for what they have done or for what they are going to be. It makes them feel fulfilled and complete as they are at peace with themselves. Even if they do not get paid well, they sleep well and indeed this inner peace is a luxury nowadays.

Unlike some people, there are many out there who cannot breathe in this dark, despondent world and are still surviving, not even being able to live their lives. There are those people who do not even know how it feels to be happy, how it feels when you smile and your eyes glow with enthusiasm and they ponder over this and choose to stay silent, not realizing that they are broken from the inside. Their melancholic souls are locked in their small bodies and they constitute a kingdom where they are called ‘The Living Dead Bodies’.

This twenty-first century is by some people called as the age of human empowerment, advancement and democracy while others take it as an age of injustice, inequality and human suppression. Many social issues have taken hold of our society which may include poverty, terrorism and war on the top of the list. These issues have destroyed many lives and unfortunately, continue its tradition. Poverty is a menace that is ruining the lives of many innocent people. Some do not have enough food to eat for a day while others do not have clothes and shelter for warmth and security which make them feel undervalued, degraded and not worthy enough to get what they need.

Poverty coupled with the curse of terrorism and war is what increases the depression, hopelessness, desperation and discouragement in people. They are surviving for the sake of surviving and that’s all. They do not believe in considering the bright and positive side of life as they continue to live in the depths of despair. These devastating issues have reduced the respectable standards of humanity and have made justice available for ‘the worthy ones’.

Alas! The most heartrending consequence of war, terrorism and poverty is the ruining of the fragile and feeble mindset of little children; the shattering of their dreams and their frail hopes in life and fate altogether makes it a psychological and an emotional massacre, indeed. The way they lose their loved ones, their family and friends in front of their eyes unable to do anything destroys them completely. They blame themselves for not saving them from getting hurt or dying thus becoming self-reproachful. Their reaction to such experiences might vary as they may perceive things differently.

A lot of them take this as an unjust attitude of life thus, cursing their very own existence in this cruel world and implementing on wrong decisions to let their aggression out. For example, spreading violence to take revenge which further increases terror and insecurities in the society. While others are subjected to greater agony as they instead of crying and complaining choose to remain locked in their silent dark world where their demons mock them consistently.

There are various reactions narrated of how children react after they have seen some of their loved ones die in front of them. It is often seen in children that they play games or do activities which shows what is on their mind. For example, in case of a boy who lost his father and refused to accept the reality, it got reflected in his games. In his war games, the inhabitants of the bombed houses were always saved in time and in order to believe his denial of reality, the play had to be repeated again. It became compulsive. In the same way, the older children act a bit differently by becoming aggressive towards different life matters or by boycotting from all worldly matters.

Children are mostly targeted in such cases and are considered to be those on whom it will have a long-lasting impact. Facing the sad reality of today’s world, we find a million cases of children suffering from depression, psychological disorders and trauma as they are forced to experience such situations at that stage of their life where they are not ready to step out of their comfort zones. In these war zones and places where terrorism is taking hold such as Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine, Central African Republic and many other countries, children who have seen the death of a parent or a close one in front of their eyes at an early age, can be very traumatic.

Some insightful researches have been done previously to take into consideration this matter for better comprehension. Weller, Fristad, and Bowes (1991) in their study of 38 children of 5 to 12 years found that 37% met diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder and 61% experienced suicidal ideation three months after the death of a parent. Elizur and Kaffman (1982, 1983) followed 25 children, 2 to 10 years of age, three and a half years after the death of their fathers in war, and found that over half demonstrated over dependent behavior, temper tantrums, and fears, and that 40% manifested complicated grief also called pathological bereavement. The term ‘Pathological Bereavement’ is applied to those people who are unable to work through their grief despite the passage of time and cannot continue with their life, relationships and goals because they are stricken with major depression.

War, terrorism and poverty are the most highlighted social issues of this 21st century. On our daily routine, we continuously see the news channels reading us a million incidents happening in this world, we are living in. There are a couple of discussions and debates that take place and then we switch off our televisions and this is how we expect things to go in future, too. Now what about those who are out there exposed to all this? What about those who are treated like animals and slaves, just because they aren’t lucky enough to have some shelter like us? All the institutions in the name of peace and justice are called out to think for a moment and ponder over this question that is banging the heads of many unfortunate people; ‘Is justice and peace really served for everyone equally?’

Folks together we can solve many problems and by voicing up on such issues and for other people’s rights, by questioning our leaders and representatives, we can and we should bring an end to this menace. As the famous human rights activist, Nelson Mandela said, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”.