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  • The psychological aftermath of the Sydney Siege

    WBUR - 12/15/2014

    The images of five hostages escaping from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney are striking. A woman runs into the arms of law enforcement, her trauma and fear palpable.

    This story is still developing, but one thing is for sure: “It really doesn’t take much to instill fear,” says Max Abrahms, a professor of political science at Northeastern University and an expert on terrorism. “This one guy managed to shut down an entire city, divert many planes away from Sydney, and transfix the world in real time following this story.”

    As of press time, police were reporting that the hostage taker and two people were killed. For those who survived, what lies ahead psychologically?

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