The night bombs scarred my son’s dreams

August 19, 2008

The other night I was surprised to see my seven-year-old son walk out of bed, shivering, crying and barely able to speak.

Calming down after 10 minutes, he said that he was getting regular nightmares about bomb blasts.

India has seen a series of bombings in recent years, this year serial blasts have rocked three major cities.

blastahm.jpgThe first was in the western city of Jaipur on May 13, killing more than 60 people.

At least 16 bombs exploded in Ahmedabad on July 26, a day after blasts in the southern Indian city of Bangalore killed one person and injured several.

Television channels have flashed footage of the bombings time and again and my son has asked me endless questions like “why do people set off bombs and kill”?

I consulted a child psychologist the other day, who gave me a patient hearing and said my son was probably getting panic attacks. He advised me to take him for a counselling session as a precautionary measure.

This incident got me thinking about the effects of violence in children and I wonder how people have been coping with this problem.

A colleague asked me to keep my son away from the television for a while.

Is this the only solution? I am still searching for answers.


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i really hope that one day Muslims come to realize that Hindus, Christians and other non-Muslims are their equals and that they too have a right to live in peace. i am sympathetic towards the Kashmiris, but I am deeply saddened by the Islamic terrorism that has led to the ethnic cleansing of Hindus, Buddhists and Christians from Kashmir. Muslims can live peacefully with others as the rest of India has shown (although Pakistan tries its best to destroy the nation). Muslims simply have to start behaving in a more progressive manner and demand peace from the terrorists and fundamentalists.david i. matthews

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its not always religion, that is the cause of terrorist attacks. if that is the case why are the terrorists attacking people in pakistan which is a muslim country as a whole and iraq and afghanistan. some terrorists attack because of religion, some because they don’t like the govt, some because they disagree with the whole world and some just want to get some kind of propaganda. of course what ever the reason its unethical.and i feel sorry for the kid. i feel time will help him forget things. as for now i feel like you should get him distracted from the bombing events as much as you can. let him play a lot, let him go out with his friends, show him funny cartoons etc. let him have fun so that he’ll laugh a lot and make him believe the world is a much safer place than what he thinks.

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