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Death of a Child

Author(s): J. Carey Jackson, MD, MPH

A short video clip (1 minute). We are struck by the exquisite pain this man endured as he watched his infant son die from exposure, starvation, and eventual renal failure in a camp in Turkey. So many survivors of torture appear as traumatized by the suffering of others as they are by their own suffering, especially in cases where they feel they may have brought about the injury to family or friends, or where they feel they have failed to protect loved ones. For these reasons “witnessing the torture of others” is considered a form of secondary torture and should not be minimized, it is often the most enduring burden felt long after one’s own pain is healed or dissipates.

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