In Lesbos’s Moria camp, I see what happens when a child loses all hope

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Sunday, October 6, 2019
In Lesbos’s Moria camp, I see what happens when a child loses all hope

Author: Jules Montague | theguardian.com | 6 October 2019

The dire conditions in this refugee camp in Greece give traumatised children little hope of healing.

Ayesha is nine years old. As her father lays her down gently on a mattress at the clinic, the only perceptible sign of life is the slow movement of her ribcage as she breathes in and out. She otherwise remains almost motionless, in stark contrast to the other children who run around this Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) paediatric clinic by Moria camp.

For two weeks now, Ayesha has not opened her eyes. She has not spoken. She has not walked. She has what the mental health team believe could be one of the first cases of resignation syndrome it has seen here. Read more>>>