Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Life Overtakes Me & Resignation Syndrome (2019)

Childhood Lost


Life Overtakes Me & Resignation Syndrome (2019) is a  39-minute documentary, by Kristine Samuelson and John Haptas, about a mysterious illness that affected a particular group of refugee children, in Sweden, one whose families were facing deportation. It is a type of prolonged trauma, similar to PTSD, but greater in that the children completely withdraw from the world and reside in a coma-like state, much like in the fable of Snow White. It is, when all is said and done, a result of children feeling powerless and helpless and without hope of positive change and outcomes. I watched this last night and I was affected deeply, and moreover saddened and angered at the fact that there are children who are traumatized by living in so many brutal places, which are too many places in this world, but made worse by living with great insecurity when they are refugees in another nation, where they have to live with the uncertainty of whether they will be given “status” and a permanent home. To a large degree, it is about the trauma of facing deportation, of dislocation and of deprivation. And what a trauma it must be. There is only so long an individual can stay resilient, notably children, who are without power or influence. There is a humane solution, which in the end is a political solution. Resolving the uncertainty, particularly as it revolves around the issue of asylum and finding a permanent home, forms a good part of the medical resolution for these vulnerable children. There is a lesson here; nothing good can come out of insecurity. The political will has to be present, emboldened by a humane desire to correct the wrongs that have been done to these children and their families. For more, go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
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