What is 'historical trauma' in a time of martial law?

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Posted at Jul 12 2017 07:33 PM

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President Rodrigo Duterte in May declared martial law over Mindanao following violence in Marawi City, and while it was fresh events that led to the declaration, some initially feared it would be a replay of the atrocities under the Marcos rule.

Psychologist Dr. Kevin Nadal on Wednesday explained that martial law brings up a lot of issues among different people because of "historical trauma."

"Regardless of what people may think or feel is politically right, I think for a lot of us, we might feel martial law is something that is inhumane or something that we don’t agree with because of what we’ve seen have happened in the past," he told ANC's Early Edition.

Historical trauma, he explained, "re-triggers people to think about things that have happened in the past, sometimes things that they experienced themselves or things that previous generations have experienced."

The Supreme Court has affirmed Duterte's declaration and lawmakers are expected to meet next week when its 60-day duration expires and may vote on its extension.

- Early Edition, 12 July 2017