Audre Lorde

Palestinian children impacted by the war attend a group class as part of the United Nations community mental health programs in Gaza on August 2, 2014 in Jabalia in the north of Gaza. (Photo: Ezz al-Zanoun/APA Images)

On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, Tamam Abusalama reflects on Palestinians’ personal and collective trauma: “Nearly 20 years after the eruption of the Second Intifada, I still freak out each time I hear ambulance sirens and thunder, or see a soldier or a helicopter. My heart beats so fast that it takes me back to Gaza, trapped with my people and my family during war.”