By 2005, more than four hundred children, most between the ages of eight and fifteen, had fallen into the condition. In the medical journal Acta Pædiatrica, Bodegård described the typical patient as “totally passive, immobile, lacks tonus, withdrawn, mute, unable to eat and drink, incontinent and not reacting to physical stimuli or pain.”Such are the "weapons" of the weak, the defenseless victims of xenophobic policies that offer a way to communicate where words have failed. Horrifically, "Swedish news programs broadcast footage of children on stretchers being loaded into airplanes and expelled from the country."
Forty-two psychiatrists are accusing the government of “systematic public child abuse.” There was also public outcry so it appears that such families and children are now allowed to stay in Sweden with an illness that can last for years.
I shudder to think of the mental anguish and physical stress and illness our own children are facing right now in the U.S. in the wake of Donald Trump's ICE arrests, deportations, and family separations.
These are traumatizing times for our community, as well.
In prayer, sadness, and solidarity with Sweden's refugee children and families.