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Refugee and asylum seeker children held in immigration detention are increasingly suffering from a rare syndrome associated with lengthy confinement.
Speaking to BuzzFeed Australia, an unnamed health professional recently on Nauru said children with the condition “take to their beds and they stop eating, stop drinking, stop toileting themselves, stop talking … it’s like when you visit a hospice and you watch people who are dying in a hospice”. Child psychologist Louise Newman said resignation syndrome ‒ a condition diagnosed in hundreds of refugee children slated for deportation in Sweden in 2017 ‒ was “a form of escape or dissociation; they go into a state where they look semiconscious” …
The Saturday Paper