Lingering Trauma

Mass fainting among female factory workers in Cambodia has led officials to blame exhaustion, malnutrition and unhealthy working conditions.

However, a new study published in Transcultural Psychiatry finds that the fainting is a symptom of psychological trauma, a legacy of Khmer Rouge violence. Many of the foreign-owned factories were built cheaply on sites known to locals for mass executions and horrific violence.
“For the affected women, the [fainting] is the coming together in one moment of all that she has suffered in her life so far,” Eisenbruch says. “Terror, flashbacks, abuse, pain, powerlessness, vulnerability, injustice, poverty and endless grief and loss.”
Source: Phnom Penh Post

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