Theater of Cruelty

Children on the run


According to reports from international organizations, some 200 million people are fleeing and living a nomadic life in today's world. Several spent their entire childhood on the run with or without a father or mother. Many people get sick because of difficult conditions or refusal of asylum applications and thus suffer long-term injuries later in life.

The cause of these problems is known, but it is not easy to detect all the symptoms early.

Children in Norwegian asylum reception: as of 31.12.2003: 5471 children. As of December 31.12.2004, 3315: 30.09.2005 children. As of September 2565, XNUMX: XNUMX children.

Most children are rejected in European countries, wait very long for their asylum application or are forced to return to their home country. This causes severe psychological distress and suffering for the whole family and affects most young children living with depression, anxiety and fear in adults in their family. The situation gets worse when the family gets rejected and has to flee to another country.

Many children come to European countries alone and no one has an overview of how many children are lost from the asylum centers and what happens to them.

How do children feel in flight: Asylum children live with a great deal of uncertainty, major challenges, long waiting times for handling the asylum case. There are many people living together who have various mental disorders and most children are sent to other places while processing the asylum application or disappearing.

Most come from ravaged war zones and have experienced difficult and traumatic situations. Some have experienced violence, prisons. Many people have pain that they do not want to talk about with adults.

Small children in the family do not form the basis for the asylum application for the family, and the children's hiding disorders due to these situations are not taken into account. Vulnerability, insecurity, suffering affect the whole family, but it is not easy to detect the symptoms of a brief examination and general observation. It is demanding and requires cooperation between several professionals and their families on measures.

Baghi Taleb Ol Elm, author and translator, care worker, active in Oslo SV's Group for Ethnic Equality in, board member of Alna SV.

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