Murder and suicide are far deadlier than war in the Middle East, according to a study by the International Journal of Public Health.
The study, which included 22 Eastern Mediterranean countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Syria, reported that murder and suicide were responsible for 1.4 million deaths in 2015.
Wars in this region, however, accounted for 144,000 deaths; only a tenth of the number that occurred due to other violent acts.
“Intractable and endemic violence is creating a lost generation of children and young adults. The future of the Middle East is grim unless we can find a way to bring stability to the region,” said Ali Mokdad, director for the Middle Eastern Initiatives at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.
Mental health conditions in the Eastern Mediterranean such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have increased sharply, according to the …