Source: The Daily Dot
“Your child is laying here like Snow White because everything is so terrible around her. This is a way of protection. She is just waiting for the situation to be better.”
These words open “Life Overtakes Me,” a short, powerful Swedish documentary that explores the rise of Resignation Syndrome among refugee children. The mysterious illness has afflicted hundreds of child asylum seekers in Sweden over the past decade, coinciding with a tightening of Sweden’s asylum restrictions.
In short, when a child succumbs to Resignation Syndrome, the body shuts down. Not quite a coma, the illness resembles involuntary hibernation.
Children experiencing Resignation Syndrome always appear to be asleep. They cannot move or open their eyes, and they can only eat via feeding tube or with assistance from their parents to swallow soft foods like ice cream.
Read the story at The Daily Dot.
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