• « Quand on est borderline, on détruit notre entourage sans s’en rendre compte »
    https://www.nouvelobs.com/rue89/20200112.OBS23352/quand-on-est-borderline-on-detruit-notre-entourage-sans-s-en-rendre-compt

    « Je m’appelle Elodie, j’ai 20 ans, je vis en Suisse, et je suis atteinte du trouble de la personnalité borderline. J’ai fait ma première dépression à l’âge de 10 ans, le diagnostic n’a été posé que sept ans plus tard, j’avais déjà fait une tentative de suicide. Longtemps, les psychiatres et les psychologues, qui disaient que j’étais « une adolescente excessivement sur la défensive », pensaient que j’étais bipolaire [autrefois appelée maniaco-dépression, la bipolarité est une maladie qui provoque des dérèglements de l’humeur, NDLR]. La plupart des gens confondent d’ailleurs souvent les deux troubles.

    #santé_mentale #psychiatrie #borderline #bipolaire #dépression
    derrière #paywall

  • Les #circulations en #santé : des #produits, des #savoirs, des #personnes en mouvement

    Les circulations en santé sont constituées d’une multitude de formes de mouvements et impliquent aussi bien des savoirs, des #normes_médicales, des produits de santé, des patients et des thérapeutes. L’objectif de ce dossier consiste ainsi à mieux saisir la manière dont les #corps, les #connaissances_médicales, les produits se transforment pendant et à l’issue des circulations. Ouvert sans limite de temps, ce dossier thématique se veut un espace pour documenter ces circulations plus ordinaires dans le champ de la santé.

    Sommaire :

    BLOUIN GENEST Gabriel, SHERROD Rebecca : Géographie virale et risques globaux : la circulation des risques sanitaires dans le contexte de la gouvernance globale de la santé.

    BROSSARD ANTONIELLI Alila : La production locale de #médicaments_génériques au #Mozambique à la croisée des circulations de #savoirs_pharmaceutiques.

    PETIT Véronique : Circulations et quêtes thérapeutiques en #santé_mentale au #Sénégal.

    TAREAU Marc-Alexandre, DEJOUHANET Lucie, PALISSE Marianne, ODONNE Guillaume : Circulations et échanges de plantes et de savoirs phyto-médicinaux sur la frontière franco-brésilienne.

    TISSERAND Chloé : Médecine à la frontière : le recours aux professionnels de santé afghans en contexte d’urgence humanitaire.

    #Calais #réfugiés_afghans #humanitaire #PASS #soins #accès_aux_soins

    https://rfst.hypotheses.org/les-circulations-en-sante-des-produits-des-savoirs-des-personnes-en
    #Brésil #humanitaire #Brésil #Guyane

    ping @fil

  • The Danger in Fake Positivity and Spiritual Bypassing
    https://humanparts.medium.com/the-danger-in-fake-positivity-and-spiritual-bypassing-c202040b8dd

    Many emotions serve as flags indicating an opportunity for us to learn. Challenge, sorrow, change, discomfort, conflict, hatred, depression, and anxiety are paths to growth and change. We can explore and accept the parts of ourselves society urges us to keep tucked away. Painful or uncomfortable experiences enable us to grow past our current emotional and spiritual states.

    Fake positivity can perpetuate a lot of the stigma around mental illness. Encouraging someone who has clinical depression to focus on the positive is not helpful and can actually do more harm. This advice can bolster the feeling that they are at fault because they cannot simply pull themselves up by the bootstraps. I tell people struggling with depression that they are more tuned in to real human experience and emotion than those pushing the positive-vibes-only agenda.

    #psychologie #négativité #positive_attitude #déni #santé_mentale

  • L’#or_vert ou la stupéfiante odyssée du #khat

    Le khat est consommé dans de nombreux pays d’#Afrique_de_l'Est. Vendue sous la forme de feuilles et de tiges, cette plante psychotrope provoque une sensation stimulante d’#euphorie impulsée par une accélération du rythme cardiaque. Mais le khat crée aussi des effets d’accoutumance et de manque, doublés de déprime, de léthargie, et chez certains, notamment les enfants, de troubles mentaux. Ancien dépendant au khat, #Abukar_Awalé, membre de la diaspora somalienne en Grande-Bretagne, a alerté les autorités britanniques et milité pour la fin de la tolérance. Ce film suit son combat courageux, remonte la filière du khat à travers le monde et en expose les ravages et les enjeux économiques.


    https://www.programme.tv/l-or-vert-ou-la-stupefiante-odyssee-du-khat-156617631
    #film #documentaire #film_documentaire
    #drogue #UK #interdiction #Corne_de_l'Afrique #Ethiopie #Awaday #Londres #café #traumatisme #guerre #conflit #santé_mentale #Somalie #Somaliland #argent #revenu #prix_du_café #accord_international_sur_le_café #Dadaab #Kenya #réfugiés #camps_de_réfugiés #toxicomanie #dépendance #femmes #hommes #oubli #alternative #Angleterre #genre #qat

  • Attaque de Villejuif. L’assaillant présentait des « troubles psychologiques »
    AFP. Publié le 03/01/2020 à 20h04
    https://www.ouest-france.fr/societe/faits-divers/attaque-de-villejuif-l-assaillant-presentait-des-troubles-psychologique

    Nathan C., l’auteur de l’attaque au couteau qui a fait un mort et deux blessés vendredi à Villejuif souffrait de "troubles psychologiques" et n’était pas connu pour radicalisation, mais des "éléments liés à la religion" ont été retrouvés dans ses effets, a-t-on appris de sources concordantes.

    Le jeune homme de 22 ans, qui a été tué par des policiers après l’attaque, était "connu pour des faits de droit commun, mais inconnu des services spécialisés de renseignement", ont ajouté ces sources proches du dossier.

    Le "profil psychiatrique" de cet homme né aux Lilas (Seine-Saint-Denis) a été "confirmé" par sa famille et par des établissements psychiatriques, a indiqué le parquet de Créteil.

    Un sac lui appartenant a été retrouvé "à plusieurs centaines de mètres" du lieu de l’attaque, contenant sa carte bancaire ainsi que des "éléments religieux […] laissant penser qu’il était converti à l’islam", a confirmé le parquet.
    Une enquête ouverte pour « assassinat et tentatives d’assassinat »

    Vers 14 h vendredi, cet homme a poignardé des passants dans le vaste parc des Hautes-Bruyères, situé dans cette commune de proche banlieue sud de Paris. Il a tué un homme de 56 ans et blessé gravement sa compagne âgée d’une quarantaine d’années mais dont les jours n’étaient plus en danger. Une femme de 30 ans a également été plus légèrement blessée, a indiqué le parquet.

    Nathan C. a ensuite été abattu par des policiers dans la commune voisine de l’Haÿ-les-Roses.

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    Christophe Castaner
    ‏Compte certifié @CCastaner
    https://twitter.com/CCastaner/status/1213127701210505216

    Nos forces de sécurité et secours sont intervenues à Villejuif avec réactivité, sang-froid et professionnalisme.
    Avec @NunezLaurent, je leur adresse ma reconnaissance.
    En pensée avec les familles des victimes que j’assure de ma solidarité.
    L’enquête devra établir les faits.

    • Deux dysfonctionnements :
      1) le suivi médical de Nathan C. défaillant, Il faudrait qu’Agnès Buzyn enquête pour savoir quels sont les difficultés dans les services de psychiatrie.
      2) Castaner devrait revoir les protocoles pour la réactivité, le sang-froid et le professionnalisme des forces de sécurité. Il me semble que cela aurait été de maîtriser l’assaillant vivant.

      La folie s’épanouissant par manque de soignants dans les services, la solution proposée sera-t-elle d’armer les soignants pour régler le problème en amont ?

    • Abattre des criminels lors d’opération de police, c’est un échec... Ça montre déjà que des forces de police, nombreuses et formées, ne sont pas capables d’arrêter un mec isolé sans le tuer. Ce genre de trucs à l’américaine fait plaisir au public mais prive ensuite d’informations sur les faits et l’amont... Et puis ça rétablit tranquillement la #peine_de_mort sans qu’on s’en inquiète.
      #police #terrorisme #santé_mentale #psychiatrie #hôpital

  • Analyses féministes des rapports de domination dans l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche

    Après douze ans d’existence, le comité de rédaction de la revue Genre, Sexualité & Société a souhaité réfléchir aux normes et #hiérarchies qui organisent le #monde_académique, et influencent son travail de multiples manières. C’est dans le cadre de cette démarche que nous avons décidé de publier ce dossier qui propose des analyses féministes, queer et trans*, pour plusieurs à la première personne, produites principalement par des enseignant·es et chercheur·es francophones, dont beaucoup ne sont pas titulaires d’un poste fixe. Nous l’avons conçu comme un espace de formalisation et d’approfondissement de conversations et d’analyses rarement publicisées. Il ne s’agit toutefois pas tant de dénoncer des situations individuelles – bien que ce travail soit aussi important – que de réfléchir à la façon dont les rapports de domination structurent l’enseignement dit « supérieur » et la recherche, et d’interroger comment les normes et hiérarchies ainsi façonnées sont remises en cause, mais aussi parfois reproduites dans le contexte du développement des études de genre et de sexualité.

    https://journals.openedition.org/gss/6146

    #revue #féminisme #rapports_de_domination #université #ESR #enseignement_supérieur_et_de_la_recherche #domination

    Le sommaire du numéro :

    Marie-Eveline Belinga, Yaël Eched et Rose Ndengue
    Les Féministes des marges peuvent-elles parler ?
    Retour sur un « échec » académique et ses implications épistémologiques et politiques
    Can the feminists from the margins speak ?
    About an academic “failure” and its epistemological and political consequences

    Aden Gaide et Elisabeth Kam
    Militer avec ou contre la référente égalité femmes-hommes ? Retour collectif sur des mobilisations étudiantes infructueuses
    Fighting with or against the gender equality advisor ? A collective feedback on disappointing student-led mobilisations

    Renaud Cornand et Pauline Delage
    Minorisations ordinaires dans l’enseignement supérieur.
    L’expérience d’étudiantes portant un #hijab dans les Bouches du Rhône
    Everyday marginalization in higher education : the experiences of university students who wear a hidjab in Bouches du Rhone

    Clark Pignedoli et Maxime Faddoul
    Recherches sur la #transitude au Québec : entre absence et exploitation des savoirs #trans
    Research on transness in Quebec : between silence and the exploitation of trans knowledge

    Karine Espineira et Maud-Yeuse Thomas
    Études Trans
    Interroger les conditions de production et de diffusion des savoirs
    Transgender Studies
    Examining the conditions of production and dissemination of knowledge

    Cha Prieur
    Les violences envers les personnes trans* à l’université. Des conséquences sur la #santé_mentale aux pistes pour s’en sortir
    Violence against trans* people in academia. From mental health implications to ways to get out of it

    Vanina Mozziconacci
    « Le personnel est académique ».
    Pour une subversion féministe de l’université, de la pédagogie à l’institution
    "The personal is academical". Feminist subversions of the university

    Sklaerenn Le Gallo et Mélanie Millette
    Se positionner comme chercheuses au prisme des luttes intersectionnelles : décentrer la notion d’allié.e pour prendre en compte les personnes concernées
    Positioning oneself as researcher in the prism of intersectional struggles : Reframing the notion of ally from the concerned people’s perspective

    https://journals.openedition.org/gss/5684

    #intersectionnalité #LGBT

  • More academics and students have mental health problems than ever before

    In the past few years, a lot of attention has been devoted to mental health on university campuses. Primarily explored from the perspective of students, poor mental health has been reported widely all around the world – it seems university students are not mentally well.

    Studies show a large proportion of students experience high levels of depressive symptoms. In the UK, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Students – a forum established for MPs and their peers to discuss issues that affect students in higher education – found 33% of students had experienced suicidal thoughts in the past academic year.

    Poor mental health at university is a big problem, not only because it affects how students learn, but because it also impacts whether they actually finish their degrees. Ultimately, symptoms of poor mental health affect the career potential and overall lives of students greatly.

    Most research has pointed to challenges caused by the transition from high school to university life, coursework deadlines, exams and financial difficulties.
    Helping students

    Recent research in the UK has shown that university students have a limited understanding of mental health issues and are hesitant to seek support. Administrators have noted the high prevalence of poor mental health and low levels of mental health literacy of students.

    Across the UK, universities have taken different approaches to raising awareness of mental health disorders and addressing stigma associated with poor mental health.

    Posters, websites and apps have sprung up in an effort to get students to seek care, and to encourage them to visit campus well-being clinics.
    What about academics?

    But it seems the poor mental health of academics has received comparatively little attention. This is concerning because research has shown that many academic staff are stressed and at risk of burnout. Like students, academics are not mentally well.

    One recent survey found that 43% of academic staff exhibited symptoms of at least a mild mental disorder. This is nearly twice the prevalence of mental disorders compared with the general population. Primarily to blame are the increased workloads of academics and demands to publish and obtain external revenue.

    High levels of poor mental health have a profound impact on the professional competence and productivity of academics, affecting administrative, teaching and research quality – as well as impairing communication and work relationships among staff. Of course, poor mental health also affects the personal lives of these individuals.
    Silent stigma

    But academic staff have far fewer options for well-being support than students. Most universities will offer their staff the chance to see an occupational health nurse or contact an employee assistance program by telephone – but information about both services is limited and often difficult to find. And both options direct staff to services outside the university campus.

    With limited, hard to find services and the stigma that surrounds poor mental health, it is unsurprising that only 6.7% of UK academic staff have ever disclosed a mental health condition. In a sense then, a culture of “silence of mental health issues within university environments” exists.

    It is clear that more must be done to help address the poor mental health of academics. Meaningful structural changes are needed to address the underlying factors associated with poor mental health, like job security, workload and pay. Though these changes will not be easy or come quickly. Unfortunately, in the current political climate, and with the high costs of education, governments are under pressure to satisfy students and their parents with rubrics of excellence – putting further stress on academics.
    Changing attitudes

    Improving mental health literacy among academics – including symptom identification, self-care practices (such as engaging in physical activity), and knowing where to seek support – is one potential strategy. Like the work being done with students, academics need information about mental health and help to change their attitudes towards seeking care.

    One study found that academics who were more physically active and meeting the recommended guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate or vigorous intensity activity every week, were more likely to report higher levels of well-being and lower levels of distress.

    But telling academics about physical activity is not enough and changes to the university environment are needed to support behaviour change.

    The creation of physical activity options for staff, including social walking groups, free exercise facilities, and heavily subsidised cycle to work schemes, may help. Using physical activity to connect people around mental health, similar to England Athletics’ Mental Health Ambassador Programme, may further provide support. And increased physical activity isn’t something that would only help academics, everyone on campus could benefit.

    Poor mental health among academics has serious consequences in terms of the future of universities. And if nothing is done to promote good mental health, we will continue to lose academics because of burnout. This could lead to a decrease in the standards of teaching and research – at a time when the UK arguably needs them most.

    https://theconversation.com/more-academics-and-students-have-mental-health-problems-than-ever-b
    #université #étudiants #santé_mentale #santé #travail #universitaires

    v. aussi:
    https://seenthis.net/messages/601011

    • How academics can improve their quality of life

      At a time when stress and mental health issues are endemic within universities, Erin K. Wilson considers the small steps she is determined to take in order to be part of the solution.

      Two years ago, I acknowledged that my academic work was seriously affecting my health. Indeed, I had to. I had no choice.

      In 2012, I relocated from Australia to the Netherlands to take up a position as the founding director of a research centre. This role involved transitioning from politics and international relations to a Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies. I worked intensely for five years, researching, presenting at conferences and teaching; designing new educational and research programmes; organising seminars and workshops; taking on policy work with supra-national European institutions and foreign ministries. I spent my evenings, weekends and holidays writing grant applications, book chapters, journal articles; preparing course guides; editing books and journal issues. In 2017, I moved directly from this role to head of department. This, in hindsight, was a mistake.

      The signs were there well before I eventually admitted it. For six months, I had not been sleeping. For over 12 months, I would wake in the middle of the night sweating, my heart pounding, hands shaking, teeth grinding, for no apparent reason. I became irritable, snapping at friends, colleagues and loved ones. I knew I was overreacting to inconsequential things yet was unable to stop myself. I couldn’t find joy or fulfilment in anything. Colleagues and friends were deeply worried about me but felt powerless to do anything.

      In the end, the acknowledgement that I was not OK came in the middle of an impromptu, informal conversation with my dean. He came to speak to me about arranging additional administrative assistance for all heads of department. In order to organise it, he asked me for a list of tasks that the assistant would undertake. That short list, which would not have taken more than 10 minutes to put together, and would have resulted in additional support, was the proverbial last straw.

      “It’s just one more thing I have to do,” I said, as I began to cry, uncontrollably, overwhelmed by the seemingly insurmountable expectations and demands of academic life.

      I am privileged to be in a supportive workplace, and immediately received the assistance I needed to rest and recover from years of working myself into the ground. Many others are nowhere near so fortunate.

      My story is in no way unique. I’ve encountered this never-ending work pressure in both Australia and the Netherlands. Colleagues in the US, the UK and elsewhere also recognise it. This culture is taking a severe toll on people’s physical and mental health, from students to established senior scholars. It is discouraging many of the brightest and most talented thinkers and researchers from pursuing academic careers.

      That academia requires total commitment is in essence taken for granted. Examples from many different disciplines highlight the same stresses as contributors to this relentless work culture:

      · Constant pressure to publish

      · Increasing instability and insecurity of academic positions. I spent the first seven years of my academic career on temporary contracts, after a protracted and traumatic PhD experience. Many colleagues have spent far longer in unstable employment

      · The demand that we be academic superheroes, able to do everything from teaching to marketing, despite little if any training in anything except research

      · The pressure put on families and relationships by one partner having to live in another city, country or continent in order to have meaningful and relatively stable work (frequently with consequences that more detrimentally affect women)

      · The constant grant application cycle, with deadlines at the end of vacation periods, meaning researchers use their holidays to write proposals, instead of taking an actual break.

      These pressures are familiar to most academics, yet there is no doubt that they are systemic and there seems little prospect of relief any time soon.

      In the Netherlands, following advice from the Commissie van Rijn, funding will be redirected to technical universities from general research universities, reducing staff capacity and undermining the quality of education. This funding reallocation takes place alongside planned 2020 budget cuts to the Dutch education sector of nearly €150 million (£130 million). At a cross-continental level, the new European Commission does not have a commissioner for research and education. These areas have been subsumed under the broader portfolio of “innovation and youth”. In the draft EU 2020 budget, more than €400 million have been cut from Horizon 2020, with the European Research Council alone losing almost €200 million from its annual budget. Meanwhile, back in my native Australia, the government announced that it would be cutting almost A$350 million (£188 million) over the next three years from university research funding.

      In this ever-widening climate of financial scarcity and job insecurity, it’s no wonder that early and mid-career researchers are working themselves to the bone just to have a fighting chance of staying in the game. Many scholars are giving up and walking away entirely – and that should worry us. Impoverishing research and education damages our societies and weakens our democracies.

      Huge structural shifts are certainly required to address these broader constraints. At the same time, I wonder whether we are also somewhat complicit in these pressures. Academia is shrouded in prestige and mystique, more like a vocation than a career. Yet endowing it with an almost sacred quality contributes to sustaining unhealthy working cultures: if you aren’t prepared to devote your evenings, weekends and holidays to writing and research, then maybe you should reconsider whether you are cut out to be an academic. It is these cultural dynamics internal to academia that we have some power to change.

      I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to navigate these pressures as I transition back into full-time work. It’s an issue that’s recently become more urgent, since I accepted the position of faculty vice-dean and director of teaching. One of my main priorities is to avoid reproducing the cultures and behaviours that made me ill in the first place. It’s not easy. These behaviours and cultures are deeply entrenched. Financial pressures on universities can make it impossible to implement change.

      Sometimes, though, it is not about what is possible. It is about who we are, who we want to be, what we want our universities to be, holding fast to what we value, even (especially) when those values are under threat or entirely absent. I want to go home at the end of each day knowing that, regardless of the outcome, I have done what I can to create an environment where people feel secure, protected and valued. In my view, this can only enhance the quality of our research and our education.

      I don’t pretend to have the answers for how to do this without broader systemic reforms as well. Nonetheless, I do have some steps that I am trying in places and spaces where I do have some control and influence:

      1. Resist the 24/7 work culture. I try as far as possible not to work evenings or weekends. If for some reason I have to, I take time off during the week to compensate. I encourage my colleagues and students to do the same. Rest and relaxation are as important for good scholarship as time spent actually working.

      2. Promote and value diversity. I would like to see diversity sensitivity and implicit bias training introduced throughout my university, and indeed the sector as a whole. Yet even now, when hiring or promoting people, for example, we can make sure we consider the whole picture. What is their life outside work like? What caring responsibilities do they have? What circumstances, including discriminatory structures and practices, may have affected their ability to write, apply for grants, hold demanding leadership roles?

      3. Advocate for greater security and stability in employment contracts. A colleague of mine, who has been on short-term contracts for many years, was recently offered a permanent job. When the faculty concerned offered it to her, they honestly admitted that they had funding secured for only the first two and a half years, but they felt that offering her a permanent role was “the ethical thing to do”, and they would figure out how to make up the shortfall. They chose to do what was right for the person, not for the budget.

      4. Allow people to choose their own priorities in research, teaching and social engagement. As far as possible, don’t insist that people teach subjects they know nothing about or apply for grants before they’re ready. There are, of course, times when we all have to do things we don’t want to do. Yet such efforts and sacrifices should be acknowledged, honoured and compensated in some way, not just expected and taken for granted.

      5. Promote transparency and open communication.Decision-making in higher education can be opaque and exclusionary. While this is intended to shield staff from worries about broader political and economic trends, it can leave them feeling disempowered. Involving all staff in discussions about present and future challenges can generate energy, community and solidarity to work together to address them.

      6. Get involved with political actions to support academia and other social and political causes. Academia can feel like a solitary environment. Joining action groups, or even just wearing symbols of solidarity at work, can remind us that we are part of a global community of scholars committed to resisting unrealistic work pressure while upholding quality education and research. One such symbol is the red felt square, which first appeared as part of student demonstrations against tuition fee increases in Montreal and has since become a central component of protests against funding cuts, workforce casualisation, mounting workloads and commercialisation in Dutch academia.

      7. Build relationships and support networks with colleagues. I am lucky to have a wonderful group of supportive colleagues. We discuss ideas about research and teaching, share life struggles, talk about issues that really matter to us.

      8. Ask for help. I use these support networks when I am struggling, and support others when they are. We need to remove the taboos that prevent people from acknowledging that they are not OK, ask each other how we’re doing and get help when we need it.

      9. Take time to look after ourselves and our families. I try to exercise every day, have a healthy diet and get enough sleep. I try to spend regular quality time with my husband. I started singing lessons. We need to make time for the people and things we love and that give us joy.

      These are small measures and not always easy to carry out. Yet they can make a real difference in themselves and lay the groundwork for the systemic changes we would like to see. It is, after all, in the small places and spaces that our work and our lives happen. That is where we have power for change and where, I believe, the most necessary and most revolutionary change can occur.

      https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/how-academics-can-improve-their-quality-life

    • @freakonometrics a twitter ce dernier article :


      https://twitter.com/freakonometrics/status/1199646026879176704

      J’ai réagi ainsi :

      Merci d’avoir ht ce texte. Je ne l’ai pas commenté sur seenthis, mais je trouve le titre problématique : ça met l’accent sur les actions individuelles des chercheur·es pour améliorer leur qualité de la vie au lieu de pointer du doigt les responsabilités institutionnelles.
      La première cause de la dégradation de la qualité de vie des chercheur·es = diminution des ressources et la gestion néo-libérale des #universités.

      Et j’ai reçu, d’une collègue aux Pays-Bas, une réponse qui ressemble fortement à ce que j’ai écrit... Non pas en réaction à l’article ci-dessus, mais en réaction à la mise en place, à l’Université d’Amsterdam, d’une « semaine anti-stress ». Le texte est simplement parfait, je me permets donc de le reproduire ici, sans mentionner l’auteur à qui je n’ai pas demandé si je pouvais le diffuser :

      "The week of 11th of November is the week of work stress. It is the week where the university brings out its petting puppies, makes you bikeblend your smoothie, and has you beat a few djembe tunes to let go of your stress. Some might argue that it is a nice gesture of the employer, but we of the FNV in the OR find it a slap in the face of the employee. It adds insult to injury.

      This waste of money again shows that the faculty is not taking work pressure seriously. We said it last year, and we said it again this year: “stop monkeying around and actually deal with the causes of work pressure”. Work pressure is not that difficult. There are either too many tasks for the number of people, or there are not enough people for the number of tasks. So the answers are also simple. If an organization is financially healthy, you hire more people. If the organization is financially unhealthy, you are stuck with reducing the tasks. There is no rocket science involved.

      Yet as you can see in this week of work stress, the faculty seems keen to responsiblize the individual for the work pressure he or she is experiencing. This leads to offers such as time management (we just received an email that there are two spots still available), yoga, and mindfulness. But these are just bandaids ("lapjes voor het bloeden" as the Dutch expression goes) that obscure the structural faults of the system. There are too many administration processes. There is too much institutional distrust that you are not doing your work correctly leading to for instance to ’jaargesprekken’ being moments where you defend yourself instead of discussing how you would like to grow as an professional. There are criteria for promotion that seem to change during the process. We have to accept budget cuts in our teaching programme while at the same time the faculty wants to start new programmes that make new claims on budget and staff.

      Recently, our support staff at EOSS was confronted with a report that was framed as research about the high work pressure they are experiencing. Yet it actually placed all the blame at the staff of EOSS and suggested their so-called inefficient work and non-conformance to instructions from management was the cause of their work pressure. Another signal that work pressure is not taking seriously by management and the individual employee is again responsibilized for his or her work’ stress’.The Works Council will keep pushing the Faculty and the UvA to make meaningful structural changes that address work pressure instead of blaming the victim. Namaste"

      #stress #anti-stress #stress-management #yoga

    • ça me met mal à l’aise ce genre de semaine... oui, ça reconnaît un problème, mais ça reste du maquillage ! c’est comme l’université qui dit d’un côté qu’il faut avoir une pensée écologique, mais que de l’autre imprime des stocks énormes de brochures sur papier glacé pour les portes ouvertes, ou qui te refuse des subventions si tu ne fais pas venir des stars à un colloque qui viennent du bout du monde pour 2 jours ! « The Works Council will keep pushing the Faculty and the UvA to make meaningful structural changes that address work pressure instead of blaming the victim » oui, entièrement d’accord... et après ?

  • Réfugiés en #Turquie : évaluation de l’utilisation des #fonds de l’#UE et de la coopération avec Ankara

    Les députés évalueront mercredi la situation des #réfugiés_syriens en Turquie et les résultats du #soutien_financier fourni par l’UE au gouvernement turc.

    Des représentants de la Commission européenne informeront les députés des commissions des libertés civiles, des affaires étrangères et du développement avant de participer à un débat. Ils se concentreront sur la facilité de l’UE en faveur des réfugiés en Turquie, mise en place en 2015 pour aider les autorités turques à venir en aide aux réfugiés sur leur territoire. Elle dispose d’un #budget total de six milliards d’euros à distribuer au plus tard en 2025.

    Sur les 5,6 millions de réfugiés syriens dans le monde, près de 3,7 millions seraient en Turquie, selon les données du HCR.

    #Accord_UE-Turquie et situation en Grèce

    Les députés de la commission des libertés civiles débattront également de la mise en œuvre de la déclaration UE-Turquie, l’accord conclu par les dirigeants européens avec le gouvernement turc en mars 2016 pour mettre un terme au flux de réfugiés en direction des îles grecques.

    Ils échangeront dans un premier temps avec #Michalis_Chrisochoidis, le ministre grec en charge de la protection des citoyens. Les conséquences de l’accord ainsi que la situation dans les #îles grecques feront ensuite l’objet d’une discussion avec des représentants de la Commission européenne, de l’Agence des droits fondamentaux de l’UE, du Bureau européen d’appui en matière d’asile et de Médecins sans frontières.

    DATE : mercredi 6 novembre, de 9h à 12h30

    LIEU : Parlement européen, Bruxelles, bâtiment Paul-Henri Spaak, salle 3C50

    https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/fr/press-room/20191104IPR65732/refugies-en-turquie-evaluation-de-l-utilisation-des-fonds-de-l-ue
    #réfugiés #asile #migrations #EU #accord_UE-Turquie #aide_financière #financement #catastrophe_humanitaire #crise_humanitaire #externalisation #hotspot

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    Ici le lien vers la vidéo de la deuxième partie de la séance : https://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/fr/committees/video?event=20191106-1000-COMMITTEE-LIBE

    Vous pouvez y voir l’intervention d’MSF sur le deal avec la Turquie et la situation en Grèce à la min 11:55.
    #suicide #santé_mentale #violences_sexuelles #santé #enfants #mineurs #enfance #surpopulation #toilettes #vulnérabilité #accès_aux_soins

    • Pour la #Cour_européenne_des_droits_de_l’Homme, tout va bien dans les hotspots grecs

      La Cour européenne des droits de l’Homme vient de rejeter pour l’essentiel la requête dont l’avaient saisie, le 16 juin 2016, 51 personnes de nationalités afghane, syrienne et palestinienne - parmi lesquelles de nombreux mineurs -, maintenues de force dans une situation de détresse extrême dans le hotspot de #Chios, en Grèce [1].

      Les 51 requérant.es, soutenu.es par nos associations*, avaient été identifié.es lors d’une mission d’observation du Gisti dans les hotspots grecs au mois de mai 2016 [2]. Privées de liberté et retenues dans l’île de Chios devenue, comme celles de #Lesbos, #Leros, #Samos et #Kos, une prison à ciel ouvert depuis la mise en œuvre de la #Déclaration_UE-Turquie du 20 mars 2016, les personnes concernées invoquaient la violation de plusieurs dispositions de la Convention européenne des droits de l’Homme [3].

      Dans leur requête étaient abondamment et précisément documentés l’insuffisance et le caractère inadapté de la nourriture, les conditions matérielles parfois très dangereuses (tentes mal fixées, serpents, chaleur, promiscuité, etc.), les grandes difficultés d’accès aux soins, l’absence de prise en charge des personnes les plus vulnérables - femmes enceintes, enfants en bas âge, mineurs isolés -, aggravées par le contexte de privation de liberté qui caractérise la situation dans les hotspots, mais aussi l’arbitraire administratif, particulièrement anxiogène du fait de la menace permanente d’un renvoi vers la Turquie.

      La seule violation retenue par la Cour concerne l’impossibilité pour les requérant.es de former des recours effectifs contre les décisions ordonnant leur expulsion ou leur maintien en détention, du fait du manque d’informations accessibles sur le droit au recours et de l’absence, dans l’île de Chios, de tribunal susceptible de recevoir un tel recours.

      Pour le reste, il aura fallu plus de trois ans à la Cour européenne des droits de l’Homme pour juger que la plainte des 51 de Chios n’est pas fondée. Son argumentation se décline en plusieurs volets :

      s’agissant du traitement des personnes mineures, elle reprend à son compte les dénégations du gouvernement grec pour conclure qu’elle n’est « pas convaincue que les autorités n’ont pas fait tout ce que l’on pouvait raisonnablement attendre d’elles pour répondre à l’obligation de prise en charge et de protection » ;

      elle reconnaît qu’il a pu y avoir des problèmes liés à l’accès aux soins médicaux, à la mauvaise qualité de la nourriture et de l’eau et au manque d’informations sur les droits et d’assistance juridique, mais les relativise en rappelant que « l’arrivée massive de migrants avait créé pour les autorités grecques des difficultés de caractère organisationnel, logistique et structurel » et relève qu’en l’absence de détails individualisés (pour chaque requérant.e), elle « ne saurait conclure que les conditions de détention des requérants [y ayant séjourné] constituaient un traitement inhumain et dégradant » ;

      s’agissant de la surpopulation et de la promiscuité, elle n’en écarte pas la réalité – tout en relevant que les requérant.es n’ont « pas indiqué le nombre de mètres carrés dans les conteneurs » – mais pondère son appréciation des risques que cette situation entraîne en précisant que la durée de détention « stricte » n’a pas dépassé trente jours, délai dans lequel « le seuil de gravité requis pour que [cette détention] soit qualifiée de traitement inhumain ou dégradant n’avait pas été atteint ».

      *

      L’appréciation faite par la Cour de la situation de privation de liberté invoquée par les requérant.es est en effet au cœur de sa décision, puisqu’elle s’en sert pour relativiser toutes les violations des droits qu’elles et ils ont subies. C’est ainsi que, sans contester les très mauvaises conditions matérielles qui prévalaient au camp de Vial, elle (se) rassure en précisant qu’il s’agit d’« une structure semi-ouverte, ce qui permettait aux occupants de quitter le centre toute la journée et d’y revenir le soir ». De même, « à supposer qu’il y eut à un moment ou à un autre un problème de surpopulation » au camp de Souda, elle estime « ce camp a toujours été une structure ouverte, fait de nature à atténuer beaucoup les nuisances éventuelles liées à la surpopulation » [4].

      Autrement dit, peu importe, pour la Cour EDH, que des personnes soient contraintes de subir les conditions de vie infrahumaines des camps insalubres du hotspot de Chios, dès lors qu’elles peuvent en sortir. Et peu importe qu’une fois hors de ces camps, elles n’aient d’autre solution que d’y revenir, puisqu’elles n’y sont pas officiellement « détenues ». Qu’importe, en effet, puisque comme dans le reste de « l’archipel des camps » de la mer Égée [5], c’est toute l’île de Chios qu’elles n’ont pas le droit de quitter et qui est donc leur prison.

      En relayant, dans sa décision, l’habillage formel donné par les autorités grecques et l’Union européenne au mécanisme des hotspots, la Cour EDH prend la responsabilité d’abandonner les victimes et conforte l’hypocrisie d’une politique inhumaine qui enferme les exilé.es quand elle devrait les accueillir.

      Contexte

      Depuis trois ans, des dizaines de milliers de personnes sont confinées dans les cinq hotspots de la mer Égée par l’Union européenne, qui finance la Grèce afin qu’elle joue le rôle de garde-frontière de l’Europe.

      Dès leur création, des associations grecques et des ONG, mais aussi des instances européennes et internationales comme, le Haut-Commissariat de l’ONU pour les réfugiés (HCR), le rapporteur spécial de l’ONU pour les droits de l’Homme des migrants, le Comité de prévention de la torture du Conseil de l’Europe, l’Agence de l’UE pour les droits fondamentaux, n’ont cessé d’alerter sur les nombreuses violations de droits qui sont commises dans les hotspots grecs : des conditions d’accueil marquées par la surpopulation, l’insécurité, l’insalubrité et le manque d’hygiène, des violences sexuelles, des atteintes répétées aux droits de l’enfant, le défaut de prise en compte des situations de vulnérabilité, un accès à l’information et aux droits entravé ou inexistant, le déni du droit d’asile. On ne compte plus les témoignages, rapports et enquêtes qui confirment la réalité et l’actualité des situations dramatiques engendrées par ces violations, dont la presse se fait périodiquement l’écho.

      http://www.migreurop.org/article2939.html?lang=fr
      #CEDH

  • Témoignage | “Ici, les gens souffrent de problèmes psychologiques, de manque de sommeil et de mauvaise alimentation”
    https://asile.ch/2019/11/04/temoignage-ici-les-gens-souffrent-de-problemes-psychologiques-de-manque-de-som

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    Réflexions sur la vie au Centre fédéral de Perreux¹ par l’un de ses habitants Récit recueilli lors de la journée des réfugié-e-s, le 15 juin 2019, par Droit de Rester Neuchâtel. Traduit de l’anglais. « De l’extérieur, cet endroit ressemble à une prison, parce qu’il est entouré de clôtures. À l’intérieur, il y a des […]

  • La santé mentale en migrations internationales

    Ce premier dossier que la Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales consacre à la santé mentale intervient à un moment où en France et en Europe les politiques migratoires en raison de leurs effets délétères portent atteinte aux droits, à l’#accès_aux_soins et à la santé de nombreux migrants et exilés. Ce dossier sur la santé mentale en migrations internationales propose à travers des recherches d’horizons disciplinaires variés, des travaux empiriques décrivant les recours aux #soins et les #relations_thérapeutiques en santé mentale des migrants à différents moments de leur expérience migratoire. Le prisme que constitue la santé mentale renouvelle la lecture des rapports sociaux dans lesquels le migrant est inséré, il permet également d’analyser les conditions sociales de production, d’expression et de gestion de leurs souffrances psychiques, aux échelles micro-, méso- et macro- sociales. Les modes de #prise_en_charge — institutionnel, social, juridique, sanitaire — des migrants diagnostiqués « comme ayant des troubles mentaux, des difficultés psychologiques, ou simplement en état de souffrances » mettent en lien les effets des politiques migratoires, les dynamiques d’accueil et de prise en charge des migrants, l’organisation des systèmes de soins et la production des subjectivités et de mise en parole de soi.

    https://journals.openedition.org/remi/10434
    #santé_mentale #réfugiés #asile #migrations #revue

    ping @_kg_

  • Scars and trauma run deep for Eritrean refugees

    It’s been one year since I first started getting messages from refugees locked up in Libyan detention centres. Using hidden phones, they risked brutal retaliation to send information about the horrors they were experiencing, and how the European Union is directly implicated. They hoped some good would come from this being exposed to the world, but little has changed since.

    Libya, a war-torn country in North Africa, was once a key transit state for people trying to reach Europe. Since 2017, tens of thousands of refugees and migrants have been returned there from the Mediterranean Sea and locked up indefinitely. Most were intercepted by the EU-supported Libyan coast guard, under a deal aimed at stopping migration to Europe.

    In detention, they face disease, sickness, forced labour and sexual violence. Tuberculosis is common. Medical care, food and water are lacking. Hundreds of children and minors are among the incarcerated, left without an education. Couples are separated. In one detention centre, at least 22 people died in eight months.

    A small number manage to escape.

    One of the first people to contact me from a Libyan detention centre was Yosi. He was being held with hundreds of others in Ain Zara, south Tripoli, when conflict broke out in August 2018. Buildings smoked around them, while fighters patrolled with anti-aircraft guns outside.

    In April this year, war in Tripoli erupted again. A week into it, one of Yosi’s close friends, a 17 year old called Meron, died after throwing himself into a septic tank behind their detention centre. Meron was traumatised and depressed from all that he had experienced. “Today I hated living in this shameful world,” Yosi told me. “I lost my friend, brother, my everything . . . Meron was a good boy.”
    Evacuated to Italy

    In May, Yosi was evacuated to Italy by the United Nations Refugee Agency – one of a lucky few. He received little help from Italian authorities, and decided to travel on to Luxembourg, after seeing fellow Eritreans sleeping on the streets and worrying that would be his future.

    Last month, I finally met him in person.

    On my first day in Luxembourg, we talked for more than 10 hours. We walked around the city, through the caving park and by the ancient castles. We went back to the reception centre where he shared close quarters with dozens of other asylum seekers, all waiting for decisions on their cases.

    The whole time we were discussing Libya and everything he has gone through. Yosi was tortured by smugglers and abused by Libyan guards. He has many scars: physical and mental.

    Yosi doesn’t like being in cars anymore or any small spaces, because it reminds him of being locked up. He jumps at the sound of a slamming door or a dog barking.

    A few days before we met there were fireworks, part of some festival. Yosi ran outside, believing the sound was heavy weapons. He wanted to know how far off the missile was.

    Eritreans who flee towards Europe, like Yosi, are often underage. They escape before they are forced to begin a programme of indefinite, mandatory military service, which has been likened to slavery by the United Nations.
    Ageing test

    Though the UN Refugee Agency interviewed Yosi in Libya and gave him papers saying he was 16 years old, Luxembourg’s authorities accuses him of lying. They ordered a medical test designed to measure physical growth, which has been criticised as inaccurate by activists and aid workers. Afterwards, officials told Yosi he is 25.

    “What’s at stake is big here: minors benefit from a much bigger protection,” Ambre Schulz told me last week. Schulz works at Passerell, an organisation that gives legal help to refugees and migrants in Luxembourg, including Yosi.

    Shortly after my visit, Yosi was moved back to another detention centre, a crushing blow in the country he hoped to make his home. He may be deported back to Italy, where he was first fingerprinted. He’s hoping his case can be reconsidered.

    Yosi’s age isn’t the only part of his story that has been questioned. He’s realising most Europeans have no idea of the gross human rights abuses being used to solidify EU borders. After he was taken to hospital in Luxembourg with an ankle injury, from playing football, he told one of the medical staff he has a problem remembering instructions because of the trauma in his past.

    He spoke of detention centres in Libya, of #torture and #violence. He said she didn’t believe him. “She was confused,” he said. “She said like [/laughing/], is it a movie?”

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/scars-and-trauma-run-deep-for-eritrean-refugees-1.4004285
    #réfugiés_érythréens #trauma #santé_mentale #traumatisme #réfugiés #asile #migrations

  • ’I’m like a mouse in a trap’: trauma of Europe’s refugees – in pictures

    Mental health is a critical issue for those who have fled their homes to Europe. Many feel stuck, both physically and mentally: held in limbo by immigration systems and tormented by the horror of past experiences


    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2019/sep/02/im-like-a-mouse-in-a-trap-trauma-of-europes-refugees-in-pictures
    #photographie #santé_mentale #asile #migrations #réfugiés #trauma #traumatisme #Europe #limbe #portraits
    ping @albertocampiphoto @philippe_de_jonckheere

  • Watching the clothes dry: How life in Greece’s refugee camps is changing family roles and expectations

    On the Greek Islands where refugees face long waiting times and a lack of adequate facilities, women are being pushed to the margins of camp society as children are deprived of education and safe places to play. While governments and the EU fail to provide satisfactory support, and NGOs fight to fill the gaps, how can we stop a generation of women and girls with high hopes of independence and careers from being forced back into domestic roles?

    “The days here are as long as a year.

    “In the camp I have to wash my clothes and dishes with cold water in the cold winter, and I have to watch my clothes dry because I lost almost all of my dresses and clothes after hanging them up.

    “As a woman I have to do these jobs – I mean because I am supposed to do them.”

    The boredom and hopelessness that Mariam* describes are, by now, common threads running through the messy, tragic tapestry of stories from the so called “migrant crisis” in Greece.

    Mariam is from Afghanistan, and had been studying business at university in Kabul, before increasing violence and threats from the Taliban meant that she was forced to flee the country with her husband. Soon after I met her, I began to notice that life in camp was throwing two distinct concepts of herself into conflict: one, as a young woman, ambitious to study and start a career, and the other, as a female asylum seeker in a camp with appallingly few facilities, and little freedom.

    While Mariam felt driven to continue her studies and love of reading, she could not escape the daily domestic chores in camp, a burden placed particularly on her because of her gender. I was familiar with Mariam the student: while managing the Alpha Centre, an activity centre run by Samos Volunteers, I would often come across Mariam sitting in a quiet spot, her head bent over a book for hours, or sitting diligently in language classes.

    The other side of her was one I rarely saw, but it was a life which dominated Mariam’s camp existence: hours and hours of her days spent cooking, cleaning, mending clothes, queuing for food, washing dishes, washing clothes, watching them dry.
    Women as caregivers

    Mariam’s experience of boredom and hardship in the camp on Samos is, unfortunately, not uncommon for any person living in the overcrowded and squalid facilities on the Greek islands.

    Many, many reports have been made, by newspapers, by Human Rights organisations such as Amnesty International, and NGOs such as Medécins Sans Frontières (MSF). All of them speak, to varying degrees, of the crushing boredom and despair faced by asylum-seekers in Greece, the dreadful conditions and lack of resources, and the mental health implications of living in such a situation. MSF describes the suffering on the Aegean islands as being on an “overwhelming scale.”

    While these issues apply indiscriminately to anyone enduring life in the island camps – and this undoubtedly includes men – there have been reports highlighting the particular hardships that women such as Mariam have to face while seeking asylum in Greece. In a 2018 report, “Uprooted women in Greece speak out,” Amnesty International comments on the additional pressures many women face in camp:

    The lack of facilities and the poor conditions in camps place a particularly heavy burden on women who often shoulder the majority of care responsibilities for children and other relatives. The psychological impact of prolonged stays in camps is profound. Women spoke of their anxiety, nightmares, lack of sleep and depression.

    The article recognises how much more likely women are than men to take on a caregiving role, an issue that is not unique to asylum-seeking populations. According to a report titled ‘Women’s Work’ released in 2016 by the Overseas Development Institute, women globally do on average over three times more unpaid work than men – work including childcare and domestic chores. This is across both ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries, and demonstrates inequality on a scale far beyond refugee and migrant populations.

    However, as Amnesty points out, it is not the perceived roles themselves which are the issue, but rather the glaring lack of facilities in camps – such as lack of food, ‘horrific’ sanitary conditions, and poor or non-existent washing facilities, as well as significant lack of access to education for children, and waiting times of up to two years. All of these factors exacerbate the gender divides which may or may not have been prevalent in the first place.

    The expectation for women to be primary caregivers was something I particularly noticed when running women’s activities on Samos. There was a stark difference between the daily classes – which would fill up with men attending alone, as agents distinct from their families in camp – and the women-only sessions, where accompanying children were almost always expected, and had to be considered in every session plan.

    The particular burden that I noticed so starkly in Mariam and many other women, was a constant battle to not be pushed to the margins of a society, which she desperately wanted to participate in, but had no opportunity to do so.

    Beyond lack of opportunities, many women speak of their great fear for themselves and their children in camp. Not only does a lack of facilities make life harder for people on the move, it also makes it incredibly dangerous in many ways, putting the most vulnerable at a severe disadvantage. This issue is particularly grave on Samos, where the camp only has one official doctor, one toilet per 70 people, and a gross lack of women-only bathrooms. This, alongside a volatile and violent environment – which is particularly dangerous at night – culminates in a widespread, and well-founded fear of violence.

    In an interview with Humans of Samos, Sawsan, a young woman from Syria, tells of the agonising kidney stones she experienced but was unable to treat, for fear of going to the toilet at night. “The doctor told me you need to drink a lot of water, but I can’t drink a lot of water, I am afraid to go outside in the night, is very dangerous,” she explained to my colleague.

    As Amnesty International reported last year, “women’s rights are being violated on a daily basis” in the Greek island hotspots. Their report features a list of ten demands from refugee women in Greece, including “full access to services,” “safe female only spaces,” and “livelihood opportunities.” All of these demands not only demonstrate a clear lack of such services currently, but also a real need and desire for the means to change their lives, as expressed by the women themselves.

    I remember the effect of this environment on Mariam, and the intense frustration she expressed at being forced to live an existence that she had not chosen. I have a vivid memory of sitting with her on a quiet afternoon in the centre: she was showing me photos on her phone of her and her friends at university in in Kabul. The photos were relatively recent but seemed another world away. I remember her looking up from the phone and telling me wearily, “life is so unexpected.”

    I remember her showing me the calluses on her hands, earned by washing her and her husband’s clothes in cold water; her gesturing in exasperation towards the camp beyond the walls of the centre. She never thought she’d be in this position, she told me, performing never ending domestic chores, while waiting out her days for an unknown life.

    Stolen childhoods

    Beyond speaking of their own difficulties, many people I approached told me of their intense concern for the children living in camps across Greece. As Mariam put it, “this situation snatches their childhoods by taking away their actual right to be children” – in many inhumane and degrading ways. And, as highlighted above, when children are affected, women are then far more likely to be impacted as a result, creating a calamitous domino effect among the most vulnerable.

    I also spoke to Abdul* from Iraq who said:

    The camp is a terrible place for children because they are used to going out playing, visiting their friends and relatives in the neighbourhood, and going to school but in the camp there is nothing. They can’t even play, and the environment is horrible.”

    Many asylum-seeking children do not have access to education in Greece. This is despite the government recognising the right of all children to access education, regardless of their status in a country, and even if they lack paperwork.

    UNHCR recently described educational opportunities for the 3,050 5-17 year olds living on Greece’s islands, as “slim.” They estimate that “most have missed between one and four years of school as a result of war and forced displacement” – and they continue to miss out as a result of life on the islands.

    There are several reasons why so many children are out of school, but Greek and EU policies are largely to blame. Based mistakenly on the grounds that people will only reside on the islands for brief periods before either being returned to Turkey or transferred to the mainland, the policies do not prioritise education. The reality of the situation is that many children end up waiting for months in the island camps before being moved, and during this time, have no access to formal education, subsequently losing their rights to play, learn, develop and integrate in a new society.

    In place of formal schooling, many children in camps rely on informal education and psychosocial activities provided by NGOs and grassroots organisations. While generally doing a commendable job in filling the numerous gaps, these provisions can sometimes be sporadic, and can depend on funding as well as groups being given access to camps and shelters.

    And while small organisations try their best to plug gaps in a faulty system, there will always, unfortunately, be children left behind. The ultimate result of Greek and EU policy is that the majority of children are spending months in limbo without education, waiting out their days in an unsafe and unstable environment.

    This not only deprives children of formative months, and sometimes years, of education and development, it can also put them at risk of exploitation and abuse. Reports by the RSA and Save the Children state that refugee children are at much higher risk of exploitation when they are out of school. Save the Children highlight that, particularly for Syrian refugee girls, “a lack of access to education is contributing to sexual exploitation, harassment, domestic violence and a significant rise in forced marriages”.

    There have also been numerous cases of children – often unaccompanied teenage boys – being forced into “survival sex,” selling sex to older, predatory men, for as little as €15 or even less, just in order to get by. The issue has been particularly prevalent in Greece’s major cities, Athens and Thessaloniki.

    While all children suffer in this situation, unaccompanied minors are especially at risk. The state has particular responsibilities to provide for unaccompanied and separated children under international guidelines, yet children in Greece, especially on Samos, are being failed. The failings are across the board, through lack of education, lack of psychological support, lack of appropriate guardians, and lack of adequate housing – many children are often placed in camps rather than in external shelters.

    This is a particular issue on Samos, as the designated area for unaccompanied minors in the reception centre, was not guarded at all until recently, and is regularly subject to chaos and violence from other camp residents, visitors or even police.

    Many refugee children in Greece are also at risk of violence not only as a result of state inactions, but at the hands of the state itself. Children are often subject to violent – and illegal – pushbacks at Greece’s border with Turkey.

    There have been multiple accounts of police beating migrants and confiscating belongings at the Evros river border, with one woman reporting that Greek authorities “took away her two young children’s shoes” in order to deter them from continuing their journey.

    The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) spoke out earlier this year, criticising treatment in Greek camps and detention facilities, stating that conditions were “inhuman and degrading.” They have called for an end to the detention of children with adults in police facilities, as well as the housing of unaccompanied minors in reception and identification centres, such as the hotspot on Samos.

    Smaller organisations are also making their voices heard: Still I Rise, a young NGO on Samos providing education for refugee children, has just filed a lawsuit against the camp management at the refugee hotspot, for their ill treatment of unaccompanied minors. The organisation states:

    We are in a unique position to witness the inhumane living conditions and experiences of our students in the refugee hotspot. With the support of Help Refugees, we gathered evidence, wrote affidavits, and build a class action on behalf of all the unaccompanied minors past and present who suffered abuse in the camp.

    After witnessing the many failings of the camp management to protect the unaccompanied minors, the NGO decided to take matters into their own hands, raising up the voices of their students, students whose childhoods have been stolen from them as they flee war and persecution.
    “Without love I would give up”

    Every day on Samos, I worked with people who were battling the ever-consuming crush of hardship and boredom. People came to the activity centre to overcome it, through learning languages, reading, socialising, exercising, teaching and volunteering. They demonstrated amazing commitment and perseverance, and this should not be forgotten in the face of everything discussed so far.

    Nadine*, a young woman from Cameroon whose help at the centre became invaluable, told me that she ‘always’ feels bored, and that “the worst is a closed camp,” but that she has managed to survive by teaching:

    I teach the alphabet and sounds, letters for them to be able to read. I teach adult beginners, it’s not easy because some of them didn’t go to school and they are not able to write in their own language. So it’s hard work, patience and love because without love I would give up.”

    The perseverance demonstrated by Nadine, Mariam, and other women like them, is extraordinary. This is not only considering the challenges they had to confront before even reaching Greece, but in the face of such adversity once reaching the EU.

    Those refugees who are most vulnerable – particularly women and children, but also the silent voices of this article, those who are disabled, LGBTQ+ or otherwise a minority – are being pushed to the margins of society by the despicable policies and practices being inflicted on migrants in Greece. Refugees and migrants are being forced to endure immense suffering simply for asking for a place of safety.

    Yet despite everything, even those at the most disadvantage are continuing to fight for their right to a future. And while I know that, especially in this climate, we need more than love alone, I hang onto Nadine’s words all the same: “without love I would give up.”

    https://lacuna.org.uk/migration/watching-the-clothes-dry-how-life-in-greeces-refugee-camps-is-changing-fa
    #femmes #asile #migrations #réfugiés #rôles #Samos #Grèce #attente #tâches_domestique #lessive #marges #marginalisation #ennui #désespoir #détressse #déqualification #camps #camps_de_réfugiés #liberté #genre #cuisine #soins #caregiver #santé_mentale #fardeau

    #cpa_camps

  • @_kg_ a commenté, via un mail qu’elle m’a envoyé, l’article que j’ai écrit avec @i_s_ pour Plein Droit :
    Le couteau suisse des politiques migratoires
    https://www.cairn.info/revue-plein-droit-2019-2-page-5.htm

    Voici le commentaire de @_kg_ :

    Vous parlez des pressions pour quitter le territoire ou passer à la clandestinité ; disparition. En Allemagne, surtout en #Bavière avec le concepte AnkER-Zentrum ça semble la même stratégie - jusque que ça mène de plus en plus vers le suicide. « They play a mind game. [ ] If you stay at the camp you’ll get mental problem » me disait un interviewé. Un suicide, une attente, une annonce pendant quelques jours que à #Regensburg (pas officiel) et un autre suicide le mois passé...

    #Anker-Zentrum #suicide #santé_mentale #réfugiés #asile #migrations #Allemagne #Anker-Zentrum #anker (#ancrage) #centres_d'ancrage (on pourrait ainsi traduire de manière très directe).

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    Sur seenthis, d’autres articles mentionnes ce type de centres :
    Press Release on the Protest in #Ellwangen March 14, 2019


    https://seenthis.net/messages/767185

    Stop security guard and police violence ! Justizwatch on the Bamberg police raid of Dec 11, 2018
    https://seenthis.net/messages/745447

    Dans les centres pour exilés, la réalité des #violences_policières
    https://seenthis.net/messages/708964#message708964

    ping @isskein

    • Allemagne : un site web pour signaler les incidents dans les structures d’accueil

      Un nouveau site internet doit permettre d’évaluer et d’améliorer les conditions de vie dans les "centres d’ancrage" en permettant à leurs résidents de témoigner de leur quotidien.

      En Allemagne, trois Länder (Etats fédérés), dont la Bavière, ont transformé l’an dernier près d’une dizaine de centres d’accueil en "centres d’ancrage" Les demandeurs d’asile peuvent rester jusqu’à 24 mois dans ces centres à guichet unique en attendant que leur dossier soit traité.

      Alors que ce dispositif est très critiqué, les Conseils pour les réfugiés de Bavière et de Munich ont mis en place avec d’autres partenaires le site internet “ANKER-Watch”, pour rendre compte de la vie dans ces centres et recueillir les témoignages et réclamations de leurs résidents.

      Sur ce site internet, les demandeurs d’asile qui vivent ou ont vécu dans un centre d’ancrage peuvent :

      Remplir un questionnaire anonyme sur les conditions de vie pour "analyser les problèmes concrets". Ce questionnaire est en anglais, allemand et dari.
      Rapporter un incident ou des mauvais comportements
      Contacter l’équipe d’ANKER-Watch par mail, par téléphone, sms, WhatsApp ou encore sur Facebook, Twitter et Instagram

      Selon le site internet, il s’agit aussi de permettre au personnel travaillant dans les centres de signaler des incidents ou de faire connaître leurs opinions. Les faits signalés peuvent aller de conditions d’insalubrité à des cas d’agressions.

      Lutter contre la culture du silence

      "Ce qui manquait était un moyen de documenter et de rendre public les petites choses du quotidien qui ne vont pas se retrouver dans la presse", assure Katharina Grote du Conseil pour les réfugiés de Bavière. Selon elle, à côté d’une poignée de bénévoles, au moins cinq personnes travaillent actuellement à temps plein pour le site. Jusqu’à présent, seuls quelques résidents ont utilisé l’outil de signalement d’incidents, mais les appels pour des questions concernant les centres d’ancrage se sont multipliés.

      Katharina Grote explique qu’il s’agit d’amener les résidents à ne pas avoir peur d’être sanctionnés s’ils rapportent un incident. Certains craignent en effet que cela puisse nuire à leur dossier et avoir des conséquences sur leur demande d’asile.

      Un dispositif critiqué

      Le but affiché des centres d’ancrage est de raccourcir la durée de traitement des demandes d’asile, en proposant tous les services nécessaires à l’étude du dossier dans un seul et même lieu. En juillet dernier, soit un an après leur lancement, le ministre allemand de l’Intérieur s’est vanté du succès de ce concept.

      Mais les ONG de défense des réfugiés estiment que ces lieux sont des centres de détention de masse dont les résidents sont privés d’un accès à la justice et coupés de la société. De plus, des expulsions vers les pays d’origine ont lieu quotidiennement depuis ces centres, ce qui rend le séjour psychologiquement très difficile pour les résidents.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/fr/post/19447/allemagne-un-site-web-pour-signaler-les-incidents-dans-les-structures-

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      #Anker-watch :

      Who we are and our Goals

      In order to get more insight into the living conditions of the people, despite the isolated situation of the ANKER centres, to give them a voice and to make this known to the public, the bavarian and munich refugee councils together with a broad network of supporting organisations and individuals founded “ANKER-Watch”. On the one hand a survey will be conducted to find out what the conditions in the institutions are like and on the other hand a platform will be offered for reports from experts and victims on the subject. The aim is to break through the isolation barrier and make these problems more transparent to the public.

      The introduction of ANKER centres has brought about a major change for all those who are either active full-time in the refugee field or on a voluntary basis. Access to and the exchange with refugees has become much more difficult than before due to the often remote camps and the inaccessibility of those. At the same time, the need for support seems to be increasing due to the difficult circumstances in the ANKER facilities. The Bavarian and Munich Refugee Councils in particular have been repeatedly informed of serious grievances, fatal living conditions and experiences of violence by fugitives from the ANKER centres. In most ANKER centres there are only a few active volunteers. Access is complicated and the burden and frustration for volunteers is high.

      Out of the collected reports, we are creating a documentation in the form of a watch list.

      We stand up for the rights of refugees. We are against the exclusion and isolation of refugees by placing them in camps and we demand equal rights and a life in safety for all.

      https://www.anker-watch.de/en/about-us

    • Doctors to quit German ’Anchor Center’ for asylum seekers

      The international human rights organization Doctors of the World says it won’t continue to run medical clinics at an asylum seeker center in Bavaria. The group says the living conditions in the Anchor Center make it impossible to provide proper treatment.

      The German branch of Doctors of the World has announced that it is pulling out of the so-called Anchor Center (known as “Anker”-Center in German) in Manching-Ingolstadt in Bavaria as of the end of October.

      The organization was joined by a number of other groups in criticizing the one-stop processing facilities for asylum seekers during a hearing of the state’s parliamentary committee on legal affairs in late September.

      Despite calls from the Greens party for the Anchor Centers to be shut down, the chief of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Hans Echkard-Sommer, defended the system and said the centers had made asylum procedures faster and more effective, according to reports in the Die Welt daily newspaper.

      ’Sickening living conditions’

      Doctors of the World has been offering an onsite clinic twice a month since January, providing psychological and psychiatric care to asylum seekers in the center. The Ingolstadt facility was the first “Anker” Center (Arrival, Distribution, Decision and Return facility) to open in Germany. Located in a former military barracks, the center was intended to accommodate asylum seekers from “safe countries of origin,” such as Bosnia, Serbia and Macedonia.

      “The sickening living conditions in the Anchor Center at Manching/Ingolstadt prohibit successful treatment,” said Professor Heinz-Jochen Zenker, a psychiatrist and committee chair of Doctors of the World. “Under these circumstances, Doctors of the World cannot take responsibility for the condition of patients with severe mental illness and for their medication.”

      The group said factors like inadequate protection from assault, lack of privacy, and disturbances at night, as well as uncertainty about the future and insufficient control over their own lives meant that patients could not even be made stable, let alone cured. The group said medical teams were under too much pressure as a result.

      No system to identify vulnerable migrants

      Some people who attend bi-monthly clinics offered by Doctors of the World at the Manching facility have been severely traumatized through experiencing war, rape and other forms of violence, according to the organization. Yet they often find their way to the clinic “by chance”.

      The group also says there is no systematic procedure in place at the Anchor Center to identify highly vulnerable residents. And even when special needs are recognized, there is no procedure nor sufficient personnel to provide the necessary support.

      Doctors of the World says despite the fact that it has raised these concerns in the past, only minor changes have been made as a result, and the “sickening structure of the facility remains in place.”
      The organization says it had “no choice” but to withdraw from the facility, though it will continue to provide support to staff who remain in the center. The psychological counselling and psychiatric walk-in clinic in Munich will continue to operate.

      Three German states, including Bavaria, last year turned nine reception facilities into Anchor Centers. Asylum seekers are supposed to stay at the anchor centers for up to 24 months while their applications are being processed — and they either receive asylum or get deported.

      Since their launch, the concept of the holding facilities has been repeatedly criticized by NGOs while the government has called them a success. This summer, the Bavarian and Munich refugee councils together with a network of partner and support organizations launched the “ANKER-Watch” website to document and “critically monitor” the situation inside the seven Bavarian anchor centers.

      https://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/20011/doctors-to-quit-german-anchor-center-for-asylum-seekers

      #santé #accès_aux_soins

  • A Evreux, l’hôpital psychiatrique paye dans la violence le prix de son sous-financement
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/230619/evreux-l-hopital-psychiatrique-paye-dans-la-violence-le-prix-de-son-sous-f

    Des mineurs mis des jours entiers à l’isolement, pour les protéger des adultes ; des soignants soumis aux coups, insultes et attouchements des patients. L’hôpital psychiatrique d’Évreux tangue par manque de moyens humains. Le personnel prévoit de camper devant l’établissement fin juin, signant le nouvel acte de la mobilisation sourde que vit la #PSYCHIATRIE, parent pauvre de l’hôpital public.

    #Santé_mentale,_psychiatrie,_Normandie,_violence,_Évreux,_isolement,_Nouvel_hôpital_de_Navarre,_mineurs,_contention,_A_la_Une

  • La #santé_mentale des immigré.e.s se détériore après leur arrivée

    Les recherches récentes mettent en évidence le poids des inégalités sociales, de l’exil et des difficultés d’accueil sur la santé des immigré.e.s. Alors que l’Institut Convergences Migrations (ICM) présentait sa première journée scientifique « Santé et Immigration », le 12 juin, De facto s’intéresse ce mois-ci à la santé mentale des immigré.e.s. qui se détériore particulièrement après leur arrivée. Ce thème a également été l’occasion de la 2e Rencontre Presse-Recherche de l’ICM qui réunissait journalistes et chercheurs le 6 juin à la faculté Saint-Antoine (Paris).

    Dans ce numéro de De facto, Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky, anthropologue et psychologue clinicienne, présente les conditions nécessaires au surgissement de la parole des exilés confrontés à des violences extrêmes. Andrea Tortelli, épidémiologiste et psychiatre, constate que la majorité des troubles psychiatriques sont liés aux conditions de vie dans le pays d’accueil. La démographe Julie Pannetier, qui a participé à l’étude Parcours sur les immigré.e.s d’Afrique subsaharienne atteints par le VIH ou l’hépatite B, montre que la maladie n’est pas la première cause d’anxiété et de dépression mais le difficile accès aux droits. La migration a également des répercussions psychologiques sur plusieurs générations, selon Maria Melchior, épidémiologiste et directrice du département HEALTH de l’ICM. Elle nous présente les premiers résultats de l’étude ELFE qui suit 18 000 mères et leurs enfants nés en France en 2011. Le thème du mois se décline aussi dans la rubrique « En Images » avec une discussion sur les Sept œuvres de miséricorde du Caravage entre Giovanni Careri, historien et théoricien de l’art, et Francesco Zucconi, spécialiste du cinéma et de la culture visuelle. Une sélection d’articles sur la santé des immigré.e.s est également proposée dans la revue de presse mensuelle.

    http://icmigrations.fr/defacto-008
    #santé #migrations #asile #réfugiés #France #violence #conditions_de_vie #accueil #troubles_psychiatriques

    • Centre Primo Levi : La souffrance psychique des exilés, une urgence de santé publique

      Le Centre Primo Levi et Médecins du Monde, tous deux engagés dans l’accueil et le soin des personnes exilées, signe ce rapport d’une trentaine de pages (https://www.primolevi.org/wp-content/themes/primo-levi/La%20souffrance%20psychique%20des%20exil%C3%A9s_Rapport%20pages.pdf), accompagné de recommandations « afin que soit enfin élaborée, au niveau national, une réponse adaptée à l’enjeu majeur que représente la santé mentale de ces personnes ». « La santé mentale est un état de bien-être dans lequel une personne peut se réaliser, surmonter les tensions normales de la vie, accomplir un travail productif et contribuer à la vie de sa communauté », rappelle l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé, citée en préambule de ce rapport publié en 2018.

      Une pétition adressée à la Ministre de la Santé Agnès Buzyn a été publiée dans Le Monde le 13 mars 2019 à l’initiative de la psychiatre Sarah Iribarnegaray et de Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky, professeur d’anthropologie et psychologue clinicienne. Intitulée « Les troubles psychiques des migrants niés par nos institutions publiques », elle est signée à ce jour par 2500 personnes ,dont trois-quarts de soignants, psychiatres et psychologues, sur le site du Centre Primo Levi.

      http://icmigrations.fr/2019/06/13/defacto-8-006
      #rapport

  • Alcune delle “diagnosi” fatte alle donne durante il ventennio fascista per rinchiuderle nei manicomi.

    La #liste est longue, quelques perles :
    – instable
    – incohérente
    – extravagante
    – excitée
    – menteuse
    – méchante
    – érotique
    – menaçante
    – rouge sur le visage
    – exhibitionniste

    https://twitter.com/ealloradeh/status/1117722994191872000

    #femmes #fascisme #Italie #hôpital_psychiatrique #psychiatrie
    #symptômes #diagnostic #santé_mentale

  • Aide d’urgence | Le défi des soins aux déboutés de l’asile. Soigner la personne et sa dignité
    https://asile.ch/2019/04/16/aide-durgence-le-defi-des-soins-aux-deboutes-de-lasile-soigner-la-personne-et-

    L’aide psychologique aux personnes migrantes repose à la fois sur la nécessité de soins, mais également de réinscription dans un monde de liens et de sens. La guerre, l’exil, la migration par les pertes et les changements qu’ils occasionnent affectent le bien-être des personnes qui doivent se reconstruire et donner un sens à leur existence. […]

    • #soins #santé #santé_mentale #déboutés #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Suisse #aide_d'urgence

      #Jean-Claude_Métraux, pédopsychiatre et cofondateur d’Appartenances, parle d’un triple deuil à surmonter : deuil de Soi (perte de celui que j’étais, que je voulais devenir), deuil de Toi (perte de mon environnement objets et personnes), deuil de sens (perte de mes appartenances). Si les ressources propres à l’individu et à son entourage sont essentielles à l’accomplissement de cette tâche, l’environnement social l’est également. Ainsi, les durcissements successifs de la loi sur l’asile dont la finalité est de rendre la Suisse moins attractive, de même que le discours ambiant à l’égard des demandeurs d’asile qui en découle, ont un impact énorme sur les possibilités de surmonter ces deuils. Précarité et exclusion sociale deviennent trop souvent les conséquences d’une telle politique. L’équilibre psychique déjà en pleine reconstruction est alors malheureusement très durement touché.

      On pourrait dire, et c’est souvent perçu de cette façon par les personnes qui le vivent, qu’il s’agit d’un modèle qui produit de la désaffiliation sociale. Le fait d’être mis hors du jeu social entraîne le sentiment que le droit d’exister est retiré.

      v. aussi
      Entre asile et renvoi, la femme qui ne tenait plus debout

      Nous sommes de plus en plus confrontés à des situations de #renvoi dans le cadre des accords de #Dublin. Les autorités, parfois l’opinion publique, semblent considérer que ces renvois ne devraient pas poser de problème. Nous constatons qu’ils peuvent répéter un #traumatisme et amener à des symptômes ou #troubles_psychiatriques graves chez des personnes pour qui, la plupart du temps, on ne retrouve pas d’antécédents psychiatriques. A travers une vignette clinique et dans un climat d’urgence et d’injonction à l’agir, nous avons voulu montrer l’importance de préserver une réflexion psychopathologique et d’éviter certains pièges contre-transférentiels. Ces questions, avant tout cliniques mais également éthiques, sont abordées à travers le travail en équipe dans un centre de crise à Genève.

      https://www.cairn.info/revue-psychotherapies-2016-3-page-173.htm?contenu=resume
      #renvois_Dublin

  • #Desmond resta qui

    Il 5 agosto 2018, un giovane uomo annega nelle acque del Ceresio. Era probabilmente originario del Benin, e avrebbe dovuto lasciare la Svizzera a breve, ma chi l’ha conosciuto dice “era uno di qua”. Chi era Desmond? Chi l’ha conosciuto ci mostra i luoghi che ha frequentato nei dieci anni passati nella Svizzera italiana, i legami nati, le tracce che ha lasciato, racconta di come abbia preso in mano il suo destino, malgrado il difficile passato, di come si sia integrato e abbia cercato di costruirsi un futuro. Eppure a volte nemmeno questo sembra bastare.

    https://www.rsi.ch/la1/programmi/cultura/storie/Desmond-resta-qui-11598169.html
    #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Suisse #Tessin #mort #décès #mourir_dans_la_forteresse_europe

    Les mots d’une amie sur Desmond :

    Il s’agit de l’histoire, accompagnée de témoignages de personnes qui l’ont connu, du jeune africain qui s’est noyé, début août de l’an passé dans le #lac_de_Lugano, à #Maroggia.
    Il avait 27 ans et était plein d’espoir.Il avait quitté le Bénin pour un avenir meilleur, portant sur ses épaules de lourds événements vécus dans son pays natal.
    Il avait trouvé un travail dans une entreprise de Lugano où son engagement et sa bonne volonté étaient fort appréciée de ses employeurs..
    Nos autorités, néanmoins, lui refusèrent le droit de rester en Suisse, cela le démolit dans sa santé . Il fut interné dans une clinique psychiatrique.
    Un jour accompagné, d’autres patients, il participa à une sortie à Maroggia. Il disparu dans le lac et on ne pu plus rien faire pour lui.

    #santé_mentale #NEM #Dublin #Dublin_tue #règlement_dublin #suicide (?)

    Desmond repose au #cimetière de #Taverne-Torricella :

    • La storia di Desmond, affogato con il marchio di Nem

      Il giovane africano morto nel Ceresio si era diplomato alla Spai con alti voti e aveva lavorato come asfaltatore. Fino al rigetto della sua richiesta come richiedente l’asilo.

      È una storia d’acqua e d’asfalto quella di Desmond Richard, il ragazzo africano annegato domenica pomeriggio nel Ceresio, a pochi metri da riva, davanti all’ex collegio don Bosco. Una storia di amicizie, integrazione e anche tristezza, perché è ingiusto morire a 27 anni. Integrazione è la parola chiave per capire la sua vita, frettolosamente archiviata come la vicenda di un richiedente l’asilo finito male. Anzi ex richiedente, dopo che la Segreteria di Stato della migrazione lo scorso anno aveva deciso per l’espulsione. Desmond era un “NEM”, l’autorità federale gli aveva chiuso la porta in faccia col sigillo della “non entrata in materia”. Stop, da quel giorno la Svizzera gli ha voltato le spalle.

      Una decisione che fa a pugni col fatto che Desmond era perfettamente integrato. Non opinioni, ma fatti: a partire dal diploma, ottenuto con il cinque e mezzo di media nonostante le difficoltà in italiano, alla Spai di Mendrisio come “costruttore stradale”. Qualificato, perché la formazione triennale gli aveva permesso di ottenere l’attestato federale di capacità.

      Un lavoratore molto capace e apprezzato, come lo ricorda un collega della ditta di asfaltatura, la Cogesa, dove ha lavorato fino al luglio dell’anno scorso. Un lavoro duro, quello dell’asfaltatore, che gli permetteva però di essere autosufficiente. Pagava la sua cassa malati (quanti integrati lo fanno?) e contribuiva col 10 per cento del salario al fondo per la migrazione. Intanto riusciva a mettere da parte anche dei risparmi.

      Desmond aveva un caratteraccio, dicono quelli che gli hanno voluto bene. Poteva mandarti allegramente a quel paese e questi sbalzi, accompagnati da un’aggressività solo verbale, sarebbero stati anche, ma qui avvertiamo il lettore ci siamo fermati, all’origine dei suoi ricoveri all’Osc di Mendrisio. Fino all’ultimo, quello finito tragicamente durante l’uscita a bordo lago a Maroggia con altri pazienti e accompagnatori. Fin qui i fatti, perché il lato più drammatico della vita di Desmond racconta di una madre morta, anzi uccisa, davanti agli occhi di lui bambino, durante l’esodo verso l’Europa. Non amava riaprire quella ferita, e forse molti dei suoi problemi attuali erano riconducibili a quel trauma.

      Persa tragicamente la mamma, mai conosciuto il padre, Desmond era convinto, sino allo scorso anno, di essere originario del Benin.

      Ma qualcosa non quadrava, dal momento che la sua lingua non era il francese (la parlata ufficiale di quel Paese), ma l’inglese. Un mistero che è stato risolto solo lo scorso anno, quando in un consolato africano di Zurigo Desmond ha scoperto le sue radici: Benin sì, ma Benin City, una popolosa città della Nigeria. E la provenienza nigeriana sarebbe diventata uno degli ostacoli per il riconoscimento quale richiedente l’asilo.

      Così, gravato da un decreto di espulsione che lo invitava a lasciare la Svizzera, il giovane aveva ottenuto qualcosa che poteva permettergli di rifarsi un’altra vita altrove. Un passaporto nigeriano. Un pezzo di carta che purtroppo non gli servirà più a niente.

      https://www.tio.ch/ticino/attualita/1313882/la-storia-di-desmond-affogato-con-il-marchio-di-nem?mr=1&ref=

    • La Segreteria dello di Stato della Migrazione uccide ancora

      Lo scorso 5 agosto 2018 – secondo i media – muore a Maroggia un “ex richiedente l’asilo” annegato nelle acque del Ceresio. Un “tragico incidente”, “una fatalità”, “scivolato su una passerella in riva al lago” – dicono – (…)ex richiedente, che la Segreteria di Stato della Migrazione (SEM) lo scorso anno aveva deciso per l’espulsione(…) D. era un “NEM”, l’autorità federale gli aveva chiuso la porta in faccia col sigillo della “Non Entrata in Materia” . Eppure qui qualcosa non quadra, non convince, per l’ennesima volta. Con un trascorso tragico come molti/e migranti, dopo aver conosciuto inferni come la Libia e la traversata del Mar Mediterraneo nel quale ha perso l’unica persona legata a lui ovvero sua madre, (deceduta e gettata in mare come immondizia) e padre mai conosciuto, era da diversi anni in Svizzera, il paese della tanto rinomata ”accoglienza”. Qui ha svolto diversi tirocini e conseguito un diploma da asfaltatore, per diventare solo uno dei tanti sfruttati.

      Se da una parte dopo la sua scomparsa è stato elogiato dai giornali per quanto riguarda la farsa dell’integrazione, dall’altra quest’ultima suona sempre come una dichiarazione di guerra, una sorta di minaccia verso le persone che giungono in un altro paese, un’impresa eroica praticamente irraggiungibile. È ora ben chiaro che nemmeno superarla basta più. Nonostante fosse riuscito ad adeguarsi ai canoni di questa società, diventando un numero fra tanti che si spezza la schiena per alimentare questo accogliente sistema, si è visto ritirare il suo permesso da richiedente l’asilo proveniente dal Benin, poiché, come dicono i giornali: “ (…)qualcosa non quadrava, dal momento che la sua lingua non era il francese (la parlata ufficiale di quel Paese – il Benin ), ma l’inglese. Un mistero che è stato risolto solo lo scorso anno, quando in un consolato africano di Zurigo D. ha scoperto le sue radici: Benin sì, ma Benin City, una popolosa città della Nigeria. E la provenienza nigeriana sarebbe diventata uno degli ostacoli per il riconoscimento quale richiedente l’asilo”. Dunque l’accertamento della sua provenienza ha permesso di sbloccare le pratiche per la sua deportazione. Senza se, senza ma, Richard Desmond poteva quindi essere rimpatriato forzatamente.

      Da qui, con un’espulsione pendente nei suoi confronti verso una terra mai conosciuta e, viste le sue grida di aiuto inascoltate da parte di persone e associazioni, l’unico destino a lui imposto, come accade per molte persone in tali situazioni, è stata quella del ricovero all’ospedale psichiatrico. Bombato di psicofarmaci in modo che non potesse né pensare né reagire a quello che gli stava accadendo. Letteralmente gettato nel dimenticatoio, nel luogo in cui la mente viene annientata dai sedativi e la propria personalità viene calpestata.
      D’altronde si sa, le numerose testimonianze dalle prigioni ai centri di detenzione/espulsione per migranti parlano chiaro: è più facile ottenere ansiolitici o sedativi piuttosto che pastiglie per il mal di testa, per la gioia degli aguzzini e delle case farmaceutiche – come avviene anche nella vita di molte persone bianche occidentali.
      Forse allora non si parla più di “tragico incidente”, o “scivolata dal pontile”, come riportano i media di regime, per quanto ci riguarda si tratta dell’ennesimo omicidio da parte di chi decide delle vite e delle libertà altrui. Ennesimo perché di storie simili ne abbiamo sentite abbastanza, chi si ricorda di Youssouuf Diakité, il ragazzo maliano di 20 anni che il 27 febbraio dello scorso anno rimase folgorato sul tetto di un treno? O del ragazzo marocchino travolto a gennaio da un convoglio – sempre a Balerna – lungo i binari della ferrovia? E del richiedente l’asilo di Brissago morto ammazzato da 3 colpi di pistola (!!) da parte della polizia cantonale ticinese per “legittima difesa”? Per non citare Hervé Mandundu, ucciso il 6 novembre 2016 da tre pallottole sparate da un caporale della polizia del Chablais nel Canton Vaud. O Lamine F. trovato morto in una cella del carcere della Blécherette a Losanna il 24 ottobre 2017 che tre giorni prima, alla stazione di Losanna, era stato fermato per un controllo dalle guardie di confine e trattenuto in carcere perché scambiato per un’altra persona per la quale era stato emanato un decreto di espulsione. O anche Mike, membro del collettivo Jeano Dutoit, morto il 28 febbraio 2018 a Losanna durante un controllo di polizia nel quale viene “immobilizzato” e quante storie ancora di “avventurieri” migranti morti cercando di attraversare i confini di questa maledetta fortezza Europa?
      Tutte persone non vittime di fatalità o incidenti come spesso riportato, ma uccise da questo sistema marcio, dalla Segreteria di Stato della Migrazione, uccise dai confini di Stato, uccise dalla Polizia, uccise dal silenzio di questa società complice… …ma tanto si sa, erano migranti, persone non in regola – senza documenti – dal colore della pelle nera, e le loro vite valgono meno delle vite dei bianchi occidentali, non valgono un cazzo. Ecco l’accoglienza svizzera fatta di razzismo, prigioni, deportazioni e omicidi.
      Il razzismo e le frontiere uccidono, l’indifferenza pure! Per un mondo dove nessuno/a debba morire per una linea tracciata su una cartina o per il fatto di non possedere un pezzo di carta: abbattiamo ogni frontiera!


      https://frecciaspezzata.noblogs.org/post/2018/08/25/la-segreteria-dello-di-stato-della-migrazione-uccide-ancora

  • Driven to suicide in Tunisia’s UNHCR refugee shelter

    Lack of adequate care and #frustration over absence of resettlement plans prompt attempted suicides, refugees say.

    Last Monday night, 16-year-old Nato* slit his wrists and was rushed to the local hospital in Medenine.

    He had decided to end his life in a refugee facility run by the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, in Medenine. After running for two years, escaping Eritrea and near-certain conscription into the country’s army, making it through Sudan, Egypt and Libya, he had reached Tunisia and despair.

    A few days later, Nato was transferred to a psychiatric hospital in #Sfax, 210km north of Medenine, where he was kept on lockdown and was frustrated that he was not able to communicate with anyone in the facility.

    Nato’s isn’t the only story of despair among refugees in Tunisia. A female refugee was taken to hospital after drinking bleach, while a 16-year-old unaccompanied young girl tried to escape over the borders to Libya, but was stopped at Ben Gardane.

    “I’m not surprised by what has happened to Nato,” a 16-year-old at the UNHCR facility told Al Jazeera on the condition of anonymity.

    “They just keep us here without providing any support and after we ... witnessed killings of our friends. We feel completely abandoned. We don’t feel secure and protected,” he said.

    The 30 to 35 unaccompanied minors living in UNHCR’s reception facility in Medenine share a room, spending their days remembering past images of violence and abuse.

    “I cannot get out of my mind the picture of my friend dying after they pointed a gun at his temple. He was sitting next to me. Sometimes at night, I cannot sleep,” the 16-year-old said.
    ’They’re trying to hide us here’

    The UNHCR facility in Medenine struggles to offer essential services to a growing number of arrivals.

    According to the information given to Al Jazeera, the asylum seekers and refugees have not received medical screenings or access to psychosocial support, nor were they informed clearly of their rights in Tunisia.

    “We feel they are trying to hide us here,” said Amin*. “How can we say we are safe if UNHCR is not protecting our basic rights? If we are here left without options, we will try to cross the sea.”

    Amin, 19, has no vision of what his life will be. He would like to continue his education or learn a new language but, since his arrival, he has only promises and hopes, no plans.

    The young people here find themselves having to take care of themselves and navigate the questions of what their future will be like, at times without even being able to reach out to their families back home for comfort.

    “My parents are in Eritrea and since more than a year, I was able to speak with them only for three minutes,” said Senait*, a 15-year-old boy from Eritrea.

    Aaron*, a 16-year-old boy who has been on the road for three years and three months, has not been able to call his relatives at all since his arrival in Tunisia.

    “Last time I have contacted them was in 2016 while I was in Sudan. I miss them so much,” he said.

    Last week, many of them participated in a peaceful demonstration, demanding medical care, support from the UNHCR and resettlement to third countries.

    Refugee lives in suspension

    Nato, as well as a number of refugee minors Al Jazeera spoke to, arrived in Tunisia over the Libyan border with the help of smugglers. The same is true for hundreds of refugees escaping Libya.

    Tunisia registered more than 1,000 refugees and 350 asylum seekers, mainly from Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and Somalia.

    But the country has neither the capacity nor the means to host refugees, and because it doesn’t have a coherent asylum system, the refugees find themselves living a largely suspended life.

    Officially, refugees are not allowed to work and, therefore, there is no formal system of protection for those that do work.

    Awate*, a 24-year-old man from Eritrea, had been working for nine days in a hotel in the seaside city of Zarzis when he was arrested and brought to a police station where he was interrogated for 30 minutes.

    “They told me ’why are you going to work without passport?’,” he said, adding that he has not worked since.

    The UNHCR in Tunisia is pushing alternatives, which include enhancing refugees’ self-reliance and livelihood opportunities.

    A month ago, a group of 32 people moved out of the reception centre with an offer of a monthly payment of 350 Tunisian dinars ($116) and help to find private accommodation. Among them, nine decided to go to the capital, Tunis. The plan is confirmed for three months, with no clarity on what happens next.

    Aklilu*, a 36-year-old former child soldier from Eritrea who took up the offer, is now renting a small apartment on the main road to Djerba for 250 Tunisian dinars ($83).

    “Why should I be forced to settle in a country that’s not ready to host refugees?” he said. “They are thinking of Tunisia as the final destination but there are no conditions for it. The UNHCR is not making any effort to integrate us. We don’t get any language courses or technical training.”


    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/driven-suicide-tunisia-unhcr-refugee-shelter-190319052430125.html
    #Tunisie #HCR #UNHCR #camps_de_réfugiés #suicide #réinstallation #limbe #attente #transit #trauma #traumatisme #santé_mentale #MNA #mineurs_non_accompagnés #migrations #asile #réfugiés
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  • luc_lemonnier, Maire du Havre, assurant l’intérim d’#edouard_philippe aimait montrer sa bite #en_marche . Tout le monde était au courant. Sophie, victime, rappelée à la loi.

    Sophie* (son prénom a été modifié), une mère de famille havraise engagée en politique, reçoit sur son téléphone une photo de l’actuel maire.

    Un « selfie » où l’on voit Luc Lemonnier, le sexe en érection. « Pour moi, ça a été un viol !, explique Sophie. Je suis mariée depuis plus de 20 ans, j’ai des enfants, je suis épanouie dans ma vie de couple, on se connaissait depuis longtemps (avec Luc Lemonnier, NDLR), j’ai été choquée. » La Havraise prétend qu’elle a demandé à l’élu, à plusieurs reprises, d’arrêter de lui envoyer de telles photos. Elle aurait tout de même reçu une dizaines de clichés. 
    . . . . . .
    En 2018, Sophie décide à son tour d’envoyer ces clichés à des élus de la majorité municipale. Cette fois, c’est le maire, Luc Lemonnier, qui dépose plainte le 31 mai pour avoir diffusé ces clichés intimes sans autorisation. A l’issue d’une enquête préliminaire menée par le SRPJ de Rouen, Sophie a écopé, le 18 mars 2019, d’un rappel à la loi par le procureur du Havre. 
    . . . . .

    Edouard Philippe était-il au courant ?
    Sous couvert d’anonymat, de nombreux élus normands nous ont confié qu’ils savaient depuis longtemps que ces clichés pornographiques avait été envoyés à des femmes par le maire du Havre. « C’était un secret de polichinelle » , nous dit un élu de premier plan à la Région Normandie. Une ancienne élue de la mairie raconte : « j’ai coupé nos relations pourtant très fortes il y a plusieurs mois, quand j’ai été informée du phénomène. Je n’ai pas été destinataire des photos mais je me suis rendue compte qu’elles avaient été envoyées à plusieurs dizaines de femmes. » En revanche, tous les actuels adjoints ou conseillers de la majorité que nous avons contactés nous ont adressé une fin de non-recevoir, parfois en termes assez brutaux. « Certaines élues ont reçu les photos mais ont préféré se taire, explique sous couvert d’anonymat une employée de la mairie. Certaines par peur de perdre leur fonction, d’autres parce qu’elles l’avaient caché à leurs proches... D’autres encore par peur de représailles et parce que dans des situations fragiles. » Une ancienne salariée nous a expliqué avoir quitté son emploi notamment en raison « de l’ambiance hyper-sexualisée » qui régnait à l’hôtel de ville.

    Extraits de : Accusé d’avoir envoyé des photos pornographiques à plusieurs femmes, le maire du Havre démissionne Par Coralie Moreau, Christine Wurtz, Delphine Garnault, Bertrand Queneutte, Sylvain Tronchet et Elodie Guéguen, France Bleu Normandie (Seine-Maritime - Eure), France Bleu et France Bleu Normandie (Calvados - Orne) - 21 Mars 2019 - France bleu
    https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/politique/exclusif-accuse-d-avoir-envoye-des-photos-pornographiques-a-plusieurs-fem

     #en_vedette #psychiatrie #santé_mentale #femmes #exhibitionisme #maire