JAMA 1 Aug 2007 Vol 298

An issue devoted to Violence and Human Rights, with three papers from Northern Uganda, carrying the depressing messages that we don’t know of a useful intervention to alleviate distress in young war survivors, and that together with post-traumatic stress disorder comes an inability to contemplate forgiveness. From Nepal we learn that over a third of girls and women returning home after being trafficked for sex carry HIV. And in the US Army, child maltreatment increases by 42% while a parent is deployed in combat. War may, on rare occasions, be necessary, but its results are always unspeakable.