Dr. Abu Jamei will be joined by local panelists discussing social division and racisms globally, in the Gaza Strip, and impact on trauma, as well as anti-racism, equality and respect as core values going forward for all peoples:
• Dr Nancy Murray, Gaza Mental Health Foundation,
• Fida Adely, Phd, Georgetown University
• James Gordon, MD-Center for Mind Body Medicine
• Kathryn Chefetz, LCSW-Psychoanalyst
• Richard Chefetz, MD-Psychiatrist, Traumatologist
This free event is organized by the Massachusetts-based Gaza Mental Health Foundation, the primary sponsor of Dr. Abu-Jamei's national tour, with support from the following regional cosponsors:
• Holy Land Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington
• Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA)
• Jewish Voice for Peace – Health Advisory Council
Dr. Abu-Jamei has steered the GCMHP through devastating times. For 15 years, an Israel-imposed blockade has cut its two million people off from the wider world and all but destroyed the local economy. During that time the Gaza Strip has endured five major Israeli military attacks that have had a severe impact on the physical and psychological health of children and their caregivers. Save the Children International reports, “four out of five children in Gaza say they are living with depression, grief and fear.”
On July 21, 2014, Dr. Abu-Jamei lost 28 members of his extended family – including 19 children – in a single missile strike, and other GCMHP staff members have also suffered terrible losses.
As the leading Palestinian non-governmental organization providing mental health services to the Gaza Strip, the GCMHP works at the nexus of mental health and human rights, to alleviate trauma and instill hope.
In Dr. Abu Jamei’s words, “It is a joy to us when we see children recovering and able to go back to school. We are doing our best to ensure the children can be our future. We are calling for help from the international community to say these children need a future.”