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More and more Bundeswehr soldiers are traumatized: Mali threatens "a second Afghanistan"

2021-07-24T18:47:01.162Z

The number of traumatized soldiers has risen sharply in recent years. Left-wing politician Matthias Höhn has therefore made demands on the federal government.



The number of traumatized soldiers has risen sharply in recent years.

Left-wing politician Matthias Höhn has therefore made demands on the federal government.

Berlin - There are more and more soldiers in the Bundeswehr who have to be treated in psychiatric clinics after a deployment.

This results from a response from the Federal Ministry of Defense to a request from the left-wing parliamentary group.

The figures are available to the

editorial network Germany (RND)

.

In 2013, 602 soldiers were treated for mission-related mental illness.

Last year there were already 1116.

Bundeswehr: Number of traumatized soldiers is increasing - left-wing politician Höhn with appeal to the government

For almost six months this year, the Ministry of Defense gives the number as 762. “The number of traumatized soldiers increases year after year. This oppressive truth is also part of the balance sheet of the operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere, ”says left-wing politician Matthias Höhne about this to the

RND

. There is now a threat of “a second Afghanistan” in Mali. Twelve soldiers were recently injured in an attack in Mali.

According to Höhn, the federal government and the Bundestag should “consider carefully” the long-term consequences of such “dangerous missions”.

"We need a broad debate in politics and society on how we should deal with the increasing number of sick soldiers," said Höhn.

Those affected have the right to have the Federal Government and the Bundestag carefully examine the benefits of such foreign assignments beforehand.

(tkip)

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Source: merkur

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