Hell is when/where you are constantly punished without any reason. The intensity of the punishment increases continually at an ever increasing rate and if you are not suffering enough,others you love are tortured to increase your suffering. There is no reason or justification for your punishment, there is no way out, there is nothing you can do to appease the punishers, no-one tries to help you in fact all those around enjoy you being punished and encourage it. Punishment is mental, emotional, physical.
Indeed it can.
Hell, we have Hells on earth and plenty of them. How about this one. I lose all my money and my passport and somehow end up in the streets of a very poor country with no clean drinking water. I lost all my objects and property and live homeless, scavenging from bin or rubbish piles. I am losing my mind as I have no food and not enough water so that I cannot even think straight anymore. I have no way out. I just want to die, I wish I could kill myself but I haven't the strength ...
In these places there are people who were born into this Hell on Earth. Meanwhile in the west we worry about getting our moneys worth at Coles and getting the best bargains. And we complain about political leaders and who sings the best at a music competition.
Child mortality in poor countries like these: I've heard a figure that 1 child under age 5 dies each second!
Earth is a kind of Hell for many millions of people.
I donate to charities but sometimes wonder if the money gets to where I intended.