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Canada The explosion in Beirut has left traces on the mental health of the inhabitants

11:15  18 september  2020
11:15  18 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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On August 4, a double explosion ravaged Beirut. According to the latest tally, the tragedy has left more than 5,000 injured, but this figure only includes the physical injuries. No report has yet identified the psychological victims of the explosion. Anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress ... Lebanese psychiatrists warn of the various pathologies with which thousands of Beirutis have been facing since the disaster.

With our correspondent in Beirut, Noé Pignède

This is a huge white tent pitched in front of Saint George Hospital. A makeshift hospital, installed in an emergency just after the explosion of August 4, which partially destroyed the building.

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After asking for the consent of a patient, a psychiatrist allows us to attend a consultation in the psychiatric emergency room. Like most Beirutis who have been to the center in recent weeks, he has suffered from psychiatric disorders since the explosion.

"My problem is mostly the noise. I hear noises, even if it's improving a little, he explains. These are not voices, they are noises that disturb me ”.

Trauma rekindled by the explosion

"When you hear an object breaking, or the sound of an exhaust, does that scare you? », Asks psychiatrist Léa Aoudé. "It's a little better than before, but still yes," his patient replies. You know, in my neighborhood, everything has been destroyed. We were in a rain of glass. There was blood everywhere. We almost went there ”.

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Photojournalist Bilal Jawich was at home on the outskirts of Beirut when an explosion , which has left at least 100 dead and thousands injured, rocked the Lebanese capital.

There has been outrage that so much hazardous material was stored unsafely in a warehouse in the city's port, which lies close to many residential areas. The Chilean rescuers arrived in Lebanon on 1 September. According to a local source, they have highly sensitive More on the explosion in Beirut .

Every day, Dr. Aoudé receives dozens of the victims of the August 4 explosion. But in this country marked by war, the drama also revives the traumas of the past. “I had a very interesting case today. A 75-year-old woman, who has never been diagnosed with a psychiatric pathology ... But since the explosion of the port, she relives the Lebanese civil war through flashbacks and nightmares, "she explains.

Anguish, depression and post-traumatic stress ... For this psychiatrist who herself lost her home in the explosion, the drama of August 4 will have lasting consequences on the mental health of the Lebanese.

►To listen: Explosion in Lebanon: a trauma that goes far beyond the human toll

Admitted to Canada under pilot program, refugee nurses ready for work as PSWs .
OTTAWA — Halfway through their 14-day quarantine period, Diala Charab and Yehya Al-Ayoubi are excited to start working as health-care aides after arriving Sunday from Lebanon. Despite COVID-19 travel restrictions that prevent most people from coming to Canada, the two nurses were exempted, resettled under a pilot project to bring skilled refugees to the country. "Diala got her visa during the (COVID-19) lockdown … I got the visa after the Beirut explosion." Al-Ayoubi said. "Things were hectic, but we just wanted to come here and be beneficial, productive people in this society.

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