Nearly two weeks after the devastating Hamas massacre of 23 Thai farmers in the Jordan Valley, the survivors of the attack are still struggling to cope with the trauma of the event. In a remote area of the region, access to mental health care is scarce, and many of the survivors have no choice but to share their stories with each other, hoping it will help them process the horror of what happened.
At the same time, the families of the hostages still held by Hamas are left wondering what happened to their loved ones. A new report by the International Committee of the Red Cross from inside Gaza shows the total confusion about the whereabouts of the hostages, with some families believing their relatives are being held in Hamas’ custody and others fearing they were taken to an unknown location.
What is clear is that the survivors and their families will have a long and arduous road to healing ahead of them. But as they search for answers and closure, the world should not forget the victims and their families, now forced to live with the horrific consequences of the attack. They deserve justice and a chance to heal.