• Die Angst im System

    Man muss nicht selbst betroffen sein, um die Auswirkungen geschlechtsspezifischer Gewalt zu spüren.

    Einst sagte mir ein damaliger Kumpel: „Ihr Frauen könnt nicht aufhören, über Vergewaltigung zu reden, weil ihr angeblich Angst habt. Ich finde, das liegt eher daran, dass ihr darauf steht, davon fantasiert.“ Damals war ich 18 Jahre alt und habe mich noch nicht als Feministin bezeichnet. Ich habe seine frauenfeindliche Aussage, die Vergewaltigung auf so eine böswilligen Weise verharmlost, unkommentiert gelassen. Mir fehlten damals das Vokabular und die Fakten, um dagegen argumentieren zu können. Das bereue ich heute noch.



    ©Tine Fetz

    Ja, auch Frauen, die selber nicht vergewaltigt worden sind, sprechen über sexualisierte Gewalt. Viele, die sich Gedanken über die Diskriminierung aufgrund des Geschlechts machen und dazu lesen, erkennen, dass Bedrängen, unerlaubtes Anfassen, Verfolgen und Catcallen nichts mit Zuneigung zu tun haben, sondern lediglich mit Macht. Vergewaltigung ist unter anderem auch eine Kriegspraxis: Indem Frauen der anderen Front „befleckt“ werden, wird die Moral der Soldaten gesenkt. Indem Frauen „besamt“ werden, wird die Erde, das Land, auf dem ein Volk lebt, erobert.

    Gewalt gegen Frauen und sexualisierte Gewalt sind so häufig und willkürlich, dass es für viele Frauen Alltag ist zu überlegen, wie sie damit umgehen können. Man weiß aus persönlichen Gesprächen mit anderen, dass viele Frauen ihre Strategien entwickelt haben, wie etwa bestimmte Straßen zu vermeiden, die Straßenseite zu wechseln, nachts auf dem Nachhauseweg den Schlüsselbund in der Hand so zu halten, dass sie ihn als Waffe nutzen können, falls Selbstverteidigung notwendig sein sollte. Viele kennen den Drang, die Haustür hinter sich zuzudrücken, anstatt sie sich sorgenfrei von alleine schließen zu lassen.

    Auch die Wissenschaft, die Alarmsysteme und Apps entwickelt, die Frauen bei Angriffen dabeihaben und einsetzen sollen, sagt Frauen: „Lernt, mit Gewalt umzugehen. Denn es wird nie aufhören.“ Anstatt dass Männer lernen, nicht anzugreifen, sollen sich Frauen Gedanken darüber machen, wie sie gegebenenfalls flüchten oder sich Hilfe holen können. Ganz so, als sei Gewalt unvermeidbar. Bei solchen Erfindungen wird ausgeblendet, dass sexualisierte Gewalt viel öfter in den eigenen vier Wänden stattfindet als draußen.

    Vergangenen Mittwoch stellte die Kommission zur Aufarbeitung sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs ihre ersten Ergebnisse seit ihrer Gründung vor: Im vergangenen Jahr wurden 13.683 Kinder Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs, 2017 lag die Zahl bei 12.850. Mehr als die Hälfte der Übergriffe fand in der Familie statt, 83 Prozent der befragten Betroffenen waren Frauen. Bei Angriffen auf Frauen im Erwachsenenalter sieht die Situation ähnlich aus: Laut polizeilicher Kriminalstatistik wurden 2016 insgesamt 435 Frauen in Deutschland getötet, 163 davon lebten mit dem Täter zusammen in einem Haushalt. Laut einer Studie des Bundesfamilienministeriums aus 2004 fanden über 70 Prozent der Fälle sexualisierter Gewalt in der eigenen Wohnung der betroffenen Frau statt. Den Zahlen der Frauenorganisation Terre des Femmes zufolge hat fast jede vierte Frau in Deutschland sexualisierte oder körperliche Gewalt oder beides durch ihren (Ex-)Partner erlebt.

    Aus einer kanadischen Studie aus dem Jahr 2015 geht hervor, dass Kinder und Enkelkinder von Holodomor-Überlebenden traumatisiert seien, obwohl sie zur Zeit der Ausrottung von der ukrainischen Bevölkerung durch Stalin noch nicht auf der Welt waren: „Sie horten Lebensmittel und gärtnern, als stünde das nächste Versorgungsembargo bevor.“ In den Kindern und Enkel*innen der Holodomor-Überlebenden solle das Trauma weiterleben. Auch Shoah-Überlebende gaben ihr Trauma weiter an ihre Kinder. Woran das liegen kann, versuchen Wissenschaftler*innen schon seit einiger Zeit herauszufinden. Während alleine das Zusammenleben mit traumatisierten Eltern, die Überlebende sind, in den Kindern ähnliche Bilder und Symptome auslösen kann, spricht die Epigenetik davon, dass Trauma die Regulation der Zellen beeinträchtige und dadurch genetisch vererbbar sei. Die Forscherin Isabelle Mansuy vom Labor für Neuroepigenetik an der ETH Zürich sagt in Anlehnung auf ihre Studie mit Mäusen, die als Jungtiere von ihren Müttern getrennt und traumatisiert werden: „Drei Generationen leiden unter den Folgen des Traumas und auch in der vierten finden wir typische Symptome. Wir vermuten, dass die Übertragung über die Keimzellen erfolgt.“ So oder so werden Ängste und Traumata weitergereicht. Von Generation zu Generation. Warum soll das anders sein, wenn es um geschlechtsspezifische Gewalt geht?

    Es stimmt, dass viele Frauen oft über sexualisierte Gewalt und Vergewaltigung sprechen, auch wenn sie selber noch nicht betroffen waren. Das liegt daran, dass sie im Gegensatz zu heterosexuellen cis Männern in einer Welt leben, in der Frauen und Mädchen systematisch unterdrückt und der Gewalt ausgesetzt werden. Die Welt, in der Frauen aufwachsen, bringt ihnen bei, mit Gewalt umzugehen, sich an Gewalt zu gewöhnen. Da sie vom Kindesalter mit diesem Bewusstsein erzogen werden, prägt das ihr Selbstverständnis. Die Geschichten von mehreren Generationen prägen also die Frauen von heute, auch wenn diese Geschichten nie erzählt worden sind. Reden hilft. Es macht die Probleme, unter denen sie leiden, hörbar. Es macht den Umgang mit Traumata oder Ängsten leichter.

    Manchmal erinnere ich mich an den Spruch meines damaligen Kumpels und frage mich, wie diese Konversation heute gelaufen wäre, was ich ihm wohl sagen würde. Ob er sich heute vorstellen kann, dass er in einer anderen Welt lebt als Frauen, oder noch immer glaubt, dass sie viel über sexualisierte Gewalt sprechen, weil sie sich das heimlich wünschen? Das werde ich wohl nie herausfinden.

    https://missy-magazine.de/blog/2019/04/09/die-angst-im-system

    #violence #agression_sexuelle #viol #traumatisme #prévention

    • Cette image... les clefs entre les doigts... ça évoque tellement de moments angoissants...
      Et on a beau savoir que ça marche pas vraiment, comme technique, on continue, d’autant plus depuis que les #contrôles incessants nous interdisent toute protection « armée » de défense...
      Je sais pas du tout ce que dit l’article mais cette image me touche...

    • @val_k : l’image qui fait référence à la peur et l’aggression en lieu public...la stratégie des clefs qui ne marche pas...mais ce que l’auteure dit aussi, pour comprendre un peu plus d’article :

      « Les systèmes d’arlame et les applications développés par la science à utiliser en cas d’aggression disent aux femmes : ’Il faut apprendre à vivre avec la violence. Jamais il y aura une fin’. Au lieu d’apprendre aux hommes d’arrêter les aggressions, les femmes doivent réfléchir comment fuir ou trouver de l’aide. Comme si la violence serait inévitable. Ces inventions techniques manquent à prendre en compte que la plupart des aggressions sexuelles se deroulent en éspace privé. »

      [...]

      « Le Ministère de la famille constate en 2004 plus de 70% cas de violence sexuelle dans l’appartement de la femme concerné. Selon l’organisation Terre des Femmes une femme sur quatre en Allemagne était victime de violence sexuelle ou physique de son (ancien) compagnon. »

      [...]

      « Le traumatisme persiste dans les prochaines générations. [...]. Il est confirmé : la peur et le traumatisme sont transmis de génération à génération. Pourquoi doit-il être different pour la violence à caractère sexuel ? »


  • Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people

    Too often whites at discussions on race decide for themselves what will be discussed, what they will hear, what they will learn. And it is their space. All spaces are.

    I was leaving a corporate office building after a full day of leading workshops on how to talk about race thoughtfully and deliberately. The audience for each session had been similar to the dozens I had faced before. There was an overrepresentation of employees of color, an underrepresentation of white employees. The participants of color tended to make eye contact with me and nod – I even heard a few “Amens” – but were never the first to raise their hands with questions or comments. Meanwhile, there was always a white man eager to share his thoughts on race. In these sessions I typically rely on silent feedback from participants of color to make sure I am on the right track, while trying to moderate the loud centering of whiteness.

    In the hallway an Asian American woman locked eyes with me and mouthed: “Thank you.” A black man squeezed my shoulder and muttered: “Girl, if you only knew.” A black woman stopped me, looked around cautiously to make sure no one was within earshot, and then said: “You spoke the truth. I wish I could have shared my story so you’d know how true. But this was not the place.”

    This was not the place. Despite the care I take in these sessions to center people of color, to keep them safe, this still was not the place. Once again, what might have been a discussion about the real, quantifiable harm being done to people of color had been subsumed by a discussion about the feelings of white people, the expectations of white people, the needs of white people.

    As I stood there, gazing off into the memory of hundreds of stifled conversations about race, I was brought to attention by a white woman. She was not nervously looking around to see who might be listening. She didn’t ask if I had time to talk, though I was standing at the door.

    “Your session was really nice,” she started. “You said a lot of good things that will be useful to a lot of people.”

    She paused briefly: “But the thing is, nothing you talked about today is going to help me make more black friends.”

    I was reminded of one of the very first panels on race I had participated in. A black man in Seattle had been pepper-sprayed by a security guard for doing nothing more than walking through a shopping center. It had been caught on camera. A group of black writers and activists, myself included, were onstage in front of a majority-white Seattle audience, talking about the incident. Fellow panelist Charles Mudede, a brilliant writer, film-maker and economic theorist, addressed the economic mechanisms at work: this security guard had been told that his job was to protect his employers’ ability to make a profit. He had been told that his job was to keep customers who had money to spend happy and safe. And every day he was fed cultural messages about who had money and who didn’t. Who was violent and who wasn’t. Charles argued that the security guard had been doing his job. In a white supremacist capitalist system, this is what doing your job looked like.

    Well, at least he was trying to argue that point. Because halfway through, a white woman stood up and interrupted him.

    “Look, I’m sure you know a lot about all this stuff,” she said, hands on hips. “But I didn’t come here for an economics lesson. I came here because I feel bad about what happened to this man and I want to know what to do.”

    That room, apparently, wasn’t the place either. According to this woman, this talk was not, or should not have been, about the feelings of the man who was pepper-sprayed, or those of the broader black community, which had just been delivered even more evidence of how unsafe we are in our own city. She felt bad and wanted to stop feeling bad. And she expected us to provide that to her.

    At a university last month, where I was discussing the whitewashing of publishing and the need for more unfiltered narratives by people of color, a white man insisted that there was no way we were going to be understood by white people if we couldn’t make ourselves more accessible. When I asked him if all of the elements of white culture that people of color have to familiarize themselves with just to get through the day are ever modified to suit us, he shrugged and looked down at his notebook. At a workshop I led last week a white woman wondered if perhaps people of color in America are too sensitive about race. How was she going to be able to learn if we were always getting so upset at her questions?

    I’ve experienced similar interruptions and dismissals more times than I can count. Even when my name is on the poster, none of these places seem like the right places in which to talk about what I and so many people of color need to talk about. So often the white attendees have decided for themselves what will be discussed, what they will hear, what they will learn. And it is their space. All spaces are.

    One day, in frustration, I posted this social media status:

    “If your anti-racism work prioritizes the ‘growth’ and ‘enlightenment’ of white America over the safety, dignity and humanity of people of color – it’s not anti-racism work. It’s white supremacy.”

    One of the very first responses I received from a white commenter was: “OK, but isn’t it better than nothing?”

    Is it? Is a little erasure better than a lot of erasure? Is a little white supremacy leaked into our anti-racism work better than no anti-racism work at all? Every time I stand in front of an audience to address racial oppression in America, I know that I am facing a lot of white people who are in the room to feel less bad about racial discrimination and violence in the news, to score points, to let everyone know that they are not like the others, to make black friends. I know that I am speaking to a lot of white people who are certain they are not the problem because they are there.

    Just once I want to speak to a room of white people who know they are there because they are the problem. Who know they are there to begin the work of seeing where they have been complicit and harmful so that they can start doing better. Because white supremacy is their construct, a construct they have benefited from, and deconstructing white supremacy is their duty.

    Myself and many of the attendees of color often leave these talks feeling tired and disheartened, but I still show up and speak. I show up in the hopes that maybe, possibly, this talk will be the one that finally breaks through, or will bring me a step closer to the one that will. I show up and speak for people of color who can’t speak freely, so that they might feel seen and heard. I speak because there are people of color in the room who need to hear that they shouldn’t have to carry the burden of racial oppression, while those who benefit from that same oppression expect anti-racism efforts to meet their needs first. After my most recent talk, a black woman slipped me a note in which she had written that she would never be able to speak openly about the ways that racism was impacting her life, not without risking reprisals from white peers. “I will heal at home in silence,” she concluded.

    Is it better than nothing? Or is the fact that in 2019 I still have to ask myself that question every day most harmful of all?

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/28/confronting-racism-is-not-about-the-needs-and-feelings-of-white-people
    #racisme #inégalité #subalternité #silence #pouvoir #trauma #traumatisme #safe_place #porte-parole #espace_public #parole_publique #témoignage #liberté_d'expression #Noirs #Blancs #USA #Etats-Unis
    #can_the_subaltern_speak?


  • 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
    ping @_kg_


  • In an orderly Ethiopian camp, South Sudanese refugees face malnutrition, trauma

    Out of a population of about 12 million, 1.9 million South Sudanese are currently displaced within the country and more than two million are living in camps like these in neighbouring countries.

    #Nguenyyiel, the newest and biggest camp in the Gambella region, is home to more than 75,000 South Sudanese refugees. It was opened in 2016 following flare-ups between opposing South Sudanese factions to accommodate a new influx of refugees to this sparsely populated, low-lying and remote corner in southwest Ethiopia. The region currently hosts more than 360,000 refugees from South Sudan.

    Unlike most refugee camps, Nguenyyiel at first appears calm, clean and orderly. Neat rows of tukuls, the cone-shaped mud huts with thatched roofs common to this region, give the appearance of a genuine local village.

    As we drive through the wide and tidy streets, I watch teenagers playing soccer, goats foraging for food, and youngsters dodging small dust whirls as they wander arm in arm among spotless latrines made of shiny corrugated metal.

    But behind this hygienic order is a tenuousness that continues to threaten those living here. Outside the camp, the crisis has destabilized the region, where clashes between different ethnic groups are common. Women, children and youth make up the majority of residents in the camp — 62 per cent are younger than 18 — because many men remain behind in South Sudan to guard homes and farmland. Several women and children who left the safety of Nguenyyiel to collect firewood in the nearby forests have been sexually assaulted and killed.

    https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2019/03/24/in-an-orderly-ethiopian-camp-south-sudanese-refugees-face-malnutrition-trau
    #camps #camps_de_réfugiés #réfugiés_sud-soudanais #Ethiopie #réfugiés #asile #migrations #malnutrition #alimentation #trauma #traumatisme #Soudan_du_Sud #IDPs #déplacés_internes #viol #meurtres #femmes


  • Amandine : « Passée à tabac par les flics, j’ai une #commotion_cérébrale mais ils ne me feront pas taire ! »
    https://www.revolutionpermanente.fr/Amandine-Passee-a-tabac-par-les-flics-j-ai-une-commotion-cerebr

    Des #Blacks_Blocs (BB) m’ont sortie de là pour m’emmener auprès des Médics de l’autre côté des Champs, au niveau de la HSBC. Puis après avoir fait les premiers soins les Médics m’ont évacuée sous une pluie de lacrymogènes, vers le poste de secours le plus proche. J’ai été emmenée par les pompiers à l’Hôpital Saint-Louis, dans le même véhicule que Laurence, une autre #gilet_jaune qui a pris un tir de #flashball en pleine tête.

    Mon #passage_à_tabac par les #flics m’a valu une fissure et #luxation de la main, un hématome sur l’épaule, les 2 coups pris sur la tête m’ont causé un #traumatisme crânien, par chance sans hémorragie cérébrale... et une commotion cérébrale. La commotion me donne des difficultés à parler, à structurer mes pensées, à écrire... je mélange toutes mes lettres, j’écris donc grâce à la reconnaissance vocale.

    Malgré tout, je suis plus déterminée que jamais. Je serai là samedi et tous les suivants, ils ne me feront pas taire. Bien sûr que je suis choquée, mais j’ai pas le droit de lâcher. Pour mes gosses, pour ceux des autres, pour nos vieux : pour l’avenir de mon Pays que j’aime tant. »


  • En #uniforme et #gilet_jaune | #StreetPress
    https://www.streetpress.com/sujet/1551697275-militaire-gilet-jaune
    #militaire #armée

    L’ancien tireur et chef de section au #Tchad, en #1983, manifestait pour la première fois de sa vie le 1er décembre dernier. Ruban blanc autour du bras, en signe de pacifisme, il réglait son appareil photo quand une balle de #LBD le frappe au cou, « à deux centimètres de la carotide ». Trois mois plus tard, la cicatrice s’efface. Mais il y a d’autres séquelles...

    L’air grave, Alain Hoffmann constate :
    « Je me suis battu pour la France au Tchad. Et le 1er décembre, la France m’a tiré dessus. »
    De retour en #manif’ un mois plus tard, la peur au ventre, il décide de porter le béret et ses deux médailles militaires.

    Lorsque Franck rejoint Alain, ils se prennent dans les bras comme des amis de toujours. Les deux anciens militaires ne se sont pourtant jamais vus. Ils ont échangé à travers la page Facebook « Soutien aux #gueules_cassées des Gilets jaunes », (link is external) créée par le plus jeune. Le 1er décembre aussi, cet ancien surveillant de bases aériennes se prend la fameuse balle de caoutchouc. Près de 10 cm, 41 grammes, tirés à #333km/h, entre les deux yeux.

    Le regard souvent ailleurs, Franck évoque la longue liste des dégâts : #traumatisme de la face, multiple fractures du nez, abaissement de la vue, cauchemars, perte de sensation dentaires, de la mémoire. « Parfois, je conduis, je sais même plus d’où je viens », lâche-t-il.



    • Article réaliste sur les conditions de travail des modérateurs avec des spécificités qui semblent être des spécificités américaines ou propres à l’employeur.
      En Allemagne la vidéo qui choque tous les stagiaires est une vidéo de zoophiles, il y a aussi des scènes de meurtres ritualisées comme les exécutions ISIS mais rien d’aussi traumatisant que la vidéo qui est décrite ici.
      Le but est quand même que les modérateurs aillent au bout de leur parcours d’apprentissage.
      Une fois en poste, le travail commence par le traitement de collections types et se poursuit par du shadowing actif et passif. La montée en horreur est quasi immédiate mais accompagnée.
      Il faut garder à l’esprit que c’est un job qui ne requiert aucune compétence. La publicité des conditions rend le recrutement plus difficile et élargit le type des candidats éligibles.
      Des gens qui sont dans des situations économiques plus fragiles, plus de femmes et plus de minorités et des candidats plus agés ^^.

      Après que ce soit un taff qui rende les modérateurs complotistes j’ai comme un doute, je pense que le terrain était déjà très favorable.

      Quand un « collègue » parle de quartiers islamistes en France... FB ou BFM ?

      « Du coup illes suppriment toujours les trucs violents et porn, mais ne font rien sur ces contenus complotistes. » Ca par contre est un non sens, tous travail consiste à appliquer une policy battit par FB, le complotisme n’y figure pas et dans l’exemple cité par l’article, les autistes ne représente pas une catégorie ou un groupe protégé. Arrêtons de croire que les modérateurs sont en mode freestyle.

    • Bon je crois je veux continuer de tout ignorer du monde dépeint dans cet article.

      Je suis arrivé jusqu’à

      “Autistic people should be sterilized” seems offensive to him, but it stays up as well. Autism is not a “protected characteristic” the way race and gender are, and so it doesn’t violate the policy. (“Men should be sterilized” would be taken down.)

      qui a agi comme une limite à ne pas dépasser.

      Pendant la lecture des deux tiers de cet article je n’ai pas cessé de me demander pourquoi est-ce qu’une telle tâche de modération (avec des critères aussi tordus) ne pouvait pas être, en fait gérer par de l’intelligence artificielle. Il ne me semble pas qu’un robot pourrait faire pire que l’exemple cité plus haut.

    • @philippe_de_jonckheere Tout simplement parsque toutes les informations doivent au préalable être « nettoyées » et formalisées. Les algorithmes sont encore incapables de prendre certaines décisions. Ce qui veut que de plus en plus l’action humaine va disparaitre au fur et à mesure de l’avancée algorithmique ce qui a mon sens est une mauvaise nouvelle. Le jour ou la modération ne sera que le fait de robot, bonjour pour avoir la moindre information sur la cuisine interne de FB.
      L’activité interne est moins signe de transparence que possibilté de fuites.
      Et puis :
      « Vers l’automatisation de la #Censure politique »
      https://seenthis.net/messages/762211

      D. Dalton, rapporteur sur le règlement antiterroriste, est sur le point d’autoriser la #Censure de masse
      https://seenthis.net/messages/755670

      Délégation de la censure aux géants du Web
      https://www.laquadrature.net/censureterro

      Abécédaire de la société de surveillance
      https://seenthis.net/messages/756098
      Qu’en sera t’il des relations FB avec des organismes bancaires et assureurs.

    • N’ayant jamais foutu les pieds sur cette saloperie de Facebook, en fait je m’en fous pas mal. Et pour ma part pour trouver quelqu’un intérêt que ce soit à Facebook, il faut déjà avoir une bonne part de soi robotisée. Un peu plus, un peu moins. Je suis nettement plus inquiet à propos des personnes qui doivent travailler à ce que tu appelles nettoyage que je ne le serais jamais pour un ou une utilisatrice de Facebook.

    • ❝Bob Duncan, qui supervise les opérations de modération de contenu de Cognizant en Amérique du Nord, explique que les recruteurs expliquent soigneusement la nature graphique du poste aux candidats. « Nous partageons des exemples du genre de choses que vous pouvez voir... pour qu’ils aient une compréhension », dit-il. « L’intention de tout cela est de s’assurer que les gens le comprennent. Et s’ils estiment que le travail ne leur convient pas, ils peuvent prendre les décisions qui s’imposent. »

      Entretien 5 mn.


  • Depuis quelques jours, le collectif Désarmons-les se fait régulièrement agresser. Voici son communiqué :
    MISE AU POINT, sur les menaces que nous recevons.
    https://desarmons.net/index.php/2019/02/04/mise-au-point-sur-les-menaces-que-nous-recevons

    Depuis quelques jours, nous nous faisons régulièrement agresser.

    Notre collectif existe depuis 2012. Depuis 2014, il s’organise quotidiennement auprès de personnes mutilées par la police, y compris déjà en 1999. Certain-es de ces blessé-es graves l’ont été dans les quartiers populaires, d’autres en marge de matchs de foot, tous n’ont pas les mêmes convictions politiques. Nous n’avons pas attendu le mouvement des gilets jaunes.

    Oui, il y avait des blessé-es grave avant les gilets jaunes. Nous en comptions au moins 53 avant le mois de novembre 2018. On en parlait peu. Notre combat était peu visible. Nous n’avons jamais cherché la reconnaissance, notre priorité étant d’aider les blessé-es dans leur combat, en apportant un soutien juridique, psychologique, politique, selon des principes clairs et en accord avec une analyse radicale du système actuel.

    Depuis quelques semaines, des enjeux de pouvoir ont pris leur place dans un combat que nous menons depuis des années avec bienveillance. Des gens se présentent en icônes d’un mouvement qui avait pourtant affirmé qu’il ne voulait pas de porte-paroles, écrasant au passage les pieds des autres. Certaines croient également pertinent de dire qu’ils sont « neutres » et que leur action est « apolitique », tout en laissant agir des populistes de la droite dure et en condamnant les militants antifascistes qui combattent l’hydre fasciste avec conviction (autant préciser qu’on ne la combat pas avec des fleurs).

    Nous ne sommes pas d’accord avec cette neutralité, car pour nous les violences d’État, dont font partie les violences racistes et les violences policières, sont un problème politique. Depuis des années, nous essayons de faire admettre au plus grand nombre que ce ne sont pas des « dérapages », des « bavures », mais des violences systémiques, institutionnelles, assumées par le pouvoir.

    Aujourd’hui, nous faisons l’objet d’insultes diverses et de menaces.

    Des gens nous disent que nous mentons et que nous « ne maîtrisons pas notre sujet », sans avoir lu un seul des articles de notre site internet. Nous mettons au défi qui que ce soit de trouver un mensonge sur notre site ou une information qui soit fausse.

    Depuis quelques jours, nous faisons également l’objet d’attaques verbales et de menaces de personnes qui ne supportent pas la critique politique et ne sont pas capables d’autocritique, exigeant de nous qu’on supprime des publications sous prétexte qu’elles leur déplaisent, confondent « critique » et « appel à la haine ».

    Parmi elles, des personnes qui se disent « medics » et ont inventé un clivage entre « street medics » et « médics », comme si ces catégories existaient avant que ces mêmes personnes ne débarquent et négocient leur intervention avec les autorités, niant et piétinant du même coup des décennies de pratiques militantes, réfléchies et autonomes (qu’elles semblent mépriser). « street medic » n’est pas une identité, mais une pratique, au même titre que les « legal team » (soutien juridique), les « trauma team » (soutien psychologique), le « black bloc » (tactique collective permettant d’agir et se défendre en bénéficiant de l’anonymat), les « zones d’autonomie temporaire » ou les « cantines mobiles ». Cette pratique a une histoire et une philosophie, qui remonte au mouvement américain des droits civiques. Elle n’a jamais été neutre, ni apolitique.

    Déjà en 2012, nous avions des liens constants avec des groupes de « street medics ». Sur certaines manifestations, nous avons nous-mêmes été street medics.

    Faire « street medic », c’est être capable d’humilité, refuser la professionnalisation, dans le but de protéger les manifestant-es de la répression et d’organiser le soin en manifestation autour de principes de lutte clairs, qui n’acceptent aucune négociation avec les flics pour quémander le droit d’agir. Oui, être medic en manif, ce n’est pas offrir un substitut à la sécurité civile ou aux pompiers : il s’agit d’un combat politique, pas de l’encadrement légal d’un événement festif.

    Toutes celles et ceux qui voient dans ces pratiques une manière égocentrique d’exister, d’avoir de la reconnaissance, de se faire passer pour des héros, n’ont pas compris l’esprit de la chose.

    On n’a pas à nous faire des pressions parce que nous dénonçons les compromis avec la police. Nous avons nos valeurs et principes, nous les défendrons. Que ceux à qui ça ne plaît pas passent leur chemin au lieu de nous empêcher d’agir et de nous faire perdre notre temps.

    Laissez nous respirer !

    (je l’ai copié en entier parce que je veux être sûre qu’il soit lu, tant ses bases politiques / éthiques sont importantes !)

    #apolitisme #streetmedics #street_medic #trauma_team #legal_team #black_bloc #radicalité #oppression_systémique

    • ajout sur leur facebook : Une liste non exhaustive des avocat-es que Désarmons-les ! conseille, pour des raisons liées à leur compréhension des enjeux de la défense collective, leur fiabilité, leur accessibilité et leur engagement personnel dans la défense de personnes touchées par la répression ou les violences policières :

      Lucie SIMON (Paris / IDF) : 06 33 50 30 64
      Raphael KEMPF (Paris / IDF) : 06 28 06 37 93
      Ainoha PASCUAL (Paris / IDF) : 07 68 97 17 68
      Eduardo MARIOTTI (Paris / IDF) : 07 68 40 72 76
      Alice BECKER (Paris / IDF) : 06 23 76 19 82
      Samuel DELALANDE (Paris / IDF) : 06 01 95 93 59
      Matteo BONAGLIA (Paris / IDF) : 01 40 64 00 25
      Emilie BONVARLET (Paris / IDF) : 06 23 53 33 08
      Xavier SAUVIGNET (Paris / IDF) : 01 56 79 00 68
      Arié ALIMI (Paris / IDF) : 06 32 37 88 52
      Chloé CHALOT (Rouen) : 06 98 83 29 52
      Claire DUJARDIN (Toulouse / SUD OUEST) : 06 74 53 68 95
      Romain FOUCARD (Bordeaux / SUD OUEST) : 07 62 07 73 56
      Muriel RUEF (Lille / NORD) : 06 84 16 63 02
      Florian REGLEY (Lille / NORD) : 07 83 46 30 82
      Maxime GOUACHE (Nantes / OUEST) : 06 59 89 37 57
      Pierre HURIET (Nantes / OUEST) : 06 15 82 31 62
      Stephane VALLEE (Nantes / OUEST) : 06 09 93 94 61
      Florence ALLIGIER (Lyon / EST) : 06 07 27 41 77
      Olivier FORRAY (Lyon / EST) : 04 78 39 28 28
      Christelle MERCIER (Saint Etienne / EST) : 06 28 67 53 52
      Jean Louis BORIE (Clermont Ferrand / CENTRE) : 04 73 36 37 35

    • On remarquera que certain.e.s leaders blessé.e.s ne l’ont pas été dans un groupe de manifestant.e.s agité.e.s mais étaient seuls, dans un coin calme, presque en retrait.

      Exemple, Louis Boyard :

      à l’écart et sans gilet jaune, il prend la décision de s’éloigner « sans courir ».

      https://www.liberation.fr/checknews/2019/02/04/le-president-de-l-union-nationale-lyceenne-louis-boyard-a-t-il-ete-victim

      Questions :
      Qui donne l’ordre aux policiers de blesser volontairement les opposant.e.s qui dérangent ?
      Qui fournit les noms des opposants.e.s à « neutraliser » ?

      – Ministère de l’intérieur ?
      – Attaché au cabinet du président de la république ?
      – Direction de la police ?



  • Le monde selon #Xi_Jinping

    Depuis 2012, le désormais « président à vie » Xi Jinping a concentré tous les pouvoirs sur sa personne, avec l’obsession de faire de la #Chine la superpuissance du XXIe siècle. Plongée au coeur de son « rêve chinois ».

    Derrière son apparente bonhomie se cache un chef redoutable, prêt à tout pour faire de la Chine la première puissance mondiale, d’ici au centenaire de la République populaire, en 2049. En mars dernier, à l’issue de vastes purges, Xi Jinping modifie la Constitution et s’intronise « président à vie ». Une concentration des pouvoirs sans précédent depuis la fin de l’ère maoïste. Né en 1953, ce fils d’un proche de Mao Zedong révoqué pour « complot antiparti » choisit à l’adolescence, en pleine tourmente de la Révolution culturelle, un exil volontaire à la campagne, comme pour racheter la déchéance paternelle. Revendiquant une fidélité aveugle au Parti, il gravira en apparatchik « plus rouge que rouge » tous les degrés du pouvoir.
    Depuis son accession au secrétariat général du Parti en 2012, puis à la présidence l’année suivante, les autocritiques d’opposants ont réapparu, par le biais de confessions télévisées. Et on met à l’essai un système de surveillance généralisée censé faire le tri entre les bons et les mauvais citoyens. Inflexible sur le plan intérieur, Xi Jinping s’est donné comme objectif de supplanter l’Occident à la tête d’un nouvel ordre mondial. Son projet des « routes de la soie » a ainsi considérablement étendu le réseau des infrastructures chinoises à l’échelle planétaire. Cet expansionnisme stratégique, jusque-là développé en silence, inquiète de plus en plus l’Europe et les États-Unis.

    Impériale revanche
    Dans ce portrait très documenté du leader chinois, Sophie Lepault et Romain Franklin donnent un aperçu inédit de sa politique et montrent que l’itinéraire de Xi Jinping a façonné ses choix. De Pékin à Djibouti – l’ancienne colonie française est depuis 2017 la première base militaire chinoise à l’étranger – en passant par la mer de Chine méridionale et l’Australie, les réalisateurs passent au crible les projets et les stratégies d’influence du nouvel homme fort de la planète. Nourrie d’images d’archives et de témoignages (de nombreux experts et de dissidents, mais aussi d’un haut gradé proche du pouvoir), leur enquête montre comment Xi Jinping a donné à la reconquête nationaliste de la grandeur impériale chinoise, projet nourri dès l’origine par la République populaire, une spectaculaire ampleur.

    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/078193-000-A/le-monde-selon-xi-jinping
    #biographie #démocratie #trauma #traumatisme #Mao #révolution_culturelle #Terres_Jaunes #exil #Prince_Rouge #nationalisme #rêve_chinois #renaissance_nationale #histoire_nationale #totalitarisme #stabilité #idéologie #anti-corruption #lutte_contre_la_corruption #purge #dictature #investissements_à_l'étranger #prêts #dette #KUKA #ports #droits_humains #Australie #infiltration_chinoise #Nouvelle-Zélande #David_Cameron #Jean-Pierre_Raffarin #matières_premières #capitalisme_autoritaire #Ouïghours #arrestations #répression #censure #liberté_d'expression #défilés_militaires #armée #puissance_militaire #Mer_de_Chine_méridionale #îles_de_Spratleys #liberté_de_la_presse #prisonniers_politiques #Hong_Kong

    #Djibouti #base_militaire (de Djibouti)

    #Sri_Lanka —> Au Sri Lanka, le #port de #Hambantota est sous contrôle chinois, ceci pour au moins 99 ans (accord signé avec le Sri Lanka qui n’a pas pu rembourser le prêt que la Chine lui a accorder pour construire le port...)
    #dépendance
    v. aussi :
    Comment la Chine a fait main basse sur le Sri Lanka
    https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/comment-la-chine-fait-main-basse-sur-le-sri-lanka

    Histoire semblable pour le #Port_du_Pirée à #Athènes, en #Grèce ou l’#aéroport de #Toulouse, en #France.

    #Organisation_de_coopération_de_Shangaï :


    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organisation_de_coop%C3%A9ration_de_Shanghai
    #Grande_unité_mondiale #enrichissement_pour_tous

    Quelques cartes et images tirées du #film #documentaire.

    La #nouvelle_route_de_la_soie et autres investissements chinois dans les infrastructures mondiales de #transport :

    La #Chinafrique :


    #Afrique
    Afrique où la Chine propose la « #solution_chinoise », programme de #développement basé sur le #développement_économique —> « #modèle_chinois de développement »

    Le programme de #surveillance_de_masse :

    Outre la surveillance, mise en place d’un programme appelé « #crédit_social » :

    Le #Système_de_crédit_social est un projet du gouvernement chinois visant à mettre en place d’ici 2020 un système national de #réputation_des_citoyens. Chacun d’entre eux se voit attribuer une note, échelonnée entre 350 et 950 points, dite « crédit social », fondée sur les données dont dispose le gouvernement à propos de leur statut économique et social. Le système repose sur un outil de surveillance de masse et utilise les technologies d’analyse du #big_data. Il est également utilisé pour noter les entreprises opérant sur le marché chinois.

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syst%C3%A8me_de_cr%C3%A9dit_social

    Voici ce que cela donne :


    #surveillance #contrôle_de_la_population #vidéosurveillance #reconnaissance_faciale #contrôle_social
    #cartographie #visualisation
    ping @etraces

    ping @reka


  • J’aimerais revenir sur la polémique #Kanata / #Robert_Lepage qui n’a finalement presque pas été abordée sur Seenthis, et donc peut-être pas assez en France (pourtant ça rappelle une polémique en France, avec #Exhibit_B.), sauf ici :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/717781
    https://seenthis.net/messages/747168

    Robert Lepage a décidé dans cette dernière pièce de traiter de l’histoire du Canada, et donc des #autochtones, sans actrices ou acteurs autochtones, mais même sans consulter la ou le moindre autochtone pendant la genèse de la pièce.

    Alors, laissons d’abord la parole à Maya Cousineau-Mollen :

    Kanata : Maya Cousineau-Mollen, entre espoir et tristesse
    Radio Canada, le 17 décembre 2018
    https://ici.radio-canada.ca/espaces-autochtones/1142422/kanata-maya-cousineau-mollen-theatre-autochtone

    Elle s’explique aussi ici en vidéo sur Le Média, le 23 décembre 2018 :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG5ptrcijdI

    Mais, avant de revenir là dessus, rajoutons le contexte qui manque un peu. Alors qu’il annonce la sortie de cette pièce à Montréal en été 2018, il vient de subir une autre controverse avec sa pièce #Slav, consacrée aux chants d’esclaves #noirs, avec aucun.e chanteu.se.r noir ni aucun.e noir.e consultée pendant la génèse de la pièce. Présentée pendant le Festival de Jazz de Montréal, un tonnerre de protestation a conduit le Festival à annuler la pièce après les quelques premières représentations. J’en avais un peu parlé ici :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/706476

    Peu de gens s’en souviennent, mais en 2001, Robert Lepage avait présenté sa pièce #Zulu_Time où des personnes de nombreuses origines sont représentées, mais où là encore, neuf des dix membres de la troupe étaient des Québécois blancs, le dixième étant d’origine péruvienne. De plus, les représentations étaient stéréotypées, en position d’infériorité par rapport aux personnages blancs. Des femmes provenant apparemment du Moyen-Orient ou du sous-continent indien étaient placés dans des rôles de servitude et d’assujettissement. Enfin, la seule représentation d’un homme noir, jouée par un comédien blanc, arborait un maquillage corporel noir, portant le costume traditionnel d’un guerrier zoulou, avec couvre-chef, torse nu, lance et bouclier, et dont la pièce établissait un parallèle avec le personnage du singe, joué par l’acteur d’origine péruvienne.

    Bref, pour en revenir à Kanata et à 2018, comme le rappelle Maya Cousineau-Mollen, bien qu’il y ait des critiques, il n’y a pas d’appel à l’annulation ou à la censure. Ce sont les producteurs de la pièce qui se retirent, ne voulant pas être mêlés à une telle controverse.

    C’est alors que dans sa grande mansuétude, qui démontre aussi à quel point le débat est en retard en #France sur ces questions, qu’ #Ariane_Mnouchkine décide d’offrir son Théâtre_du_Soleil de la #Cartoucherie de Vincennes à Robert Lepage pour qu’il y monte une versions légèrement modifiée de sa pièce, et donc tout aussi critiquable. On en est là.

    #appropriation_culturelle #racisme #invisibilisation #Spectacle #Théâtre #Canada


    • @colporteur : c’est largement un portfolio, voilà le texte :

      Les gueules cassées du Flash-Ball Près de trente gilets jaunes ont eu le visage meurtri par des tirs non-réglementaires. Entre traumatisme et incompréhension, ils essaient de se reconstruire.

      23 déc. 2018 - par Paul Conge / Photos : T.Biju-Duval et P.C

      David court comme si le diable était à ses trousses. Les Champs-Elysées ne sont plus qu’un enfer de gaz et de déflagrations ce 1er décembre. Le trentenaire en gilet jaune zigzague à l’aveugle, loin de cette « guerre », et le voilà rue Paul-Valéry, nez-à-nez avec des CRS. Il prend la main de Laure, sa compagne, ils avancent vers eux en douceur et les bras en l’air. David, formel : « Il n’y a pas eu de sommation. » Juste ce bruit sourd, cette cartouche tirée à toute vitesse, cet uppercut foudroyant dans sa bouche. David s’écroule, Laure crie, David crache du sang et quatre de ses dents.

      Pendant qu’il est sonné, David a quelques flashs : l’air épouvanté d’un pompier à la vue du trou dans sa lèvre, la spatule en bois qu’une infirmière glisse dans sa bouche, la « soucoupe de lumière » du bloc opératoire à l’hôpital Saint-Joseph... « J’ai cru que j’allais y rester », remet-il.

      Quinze jours d’ITT plus tard — le médecin lui en a prescrit 45 — David se terre maintenant dans son salon carrelé, à Bouafle (Yvelines), un gros sparadrap sur la lèvre pour cacher le trou. Ce tailleur de pierre à la gueule d’ange ignorait tout des armes à feu. Il sait à présent que son visage a été buriné par une cartouche en caoutchouc propulsée à 330km/h par un lanceur de balle de défense (LBD, ex-Flash-Ball). « C’était un tir pour blesser, de la violence gratuite », estime cet Yvelinois de 31 ans accro à sa moto.

      26 blessés au visage
      Os de la mâchoire éjectés, multiples fractures, gencive arrachée, sinus défoncés, de même que les dents, « de la canine à la première molaire »... « J’ai l’impression de ne plus avoir de mâchoire », dit le jeune gilet jaune, en cherchant ses organes disparus avec sa langue. On lui a un peu rafistolé la lèvre, mais il en manque un morceau. Sous morphine, codéine et antidépresseurs, il attend ses futures opérations, ainsi qu’une greffe d’os, qu’on lui extraira de la hanche. Mais il a toutes les chances de rester défiguré à vie.

      David
      Opposant pas très farouche à la loi CPE en 2006, David était venu défiler à Paris pour montrer à sa petite-amie « ce que c’est une manif ». Et par solidarité : « Je suis intérimaire. Les chantiers sont super loin. Les impôts nous saignent. On se sent tous concernés. »

      Avant qu’il ne fasse les frais de ce tir non-réglementaire. Car les cartouches de LBD 40 ne sont en aucun cas censées percuter le visage. La notice d’utilisation enjoint bien au contraire à viser « sous les épaules ». Pourtant, beaucoup de balafres similaires ont été relayées sur les réseaux sociaux. Thomas, 20 ans, de Nîmes, a eu la joue déchiquetée. Maxime, 40 ans, d’Avignon, a eu la mâchoire fracturée. Fiorina, 20 ans, d’Amiens, a perdu un œil... Selon le décompte d’Explicite, parmi les centaines de blessés, au moins 26 ont eu le visage touché.

      LBD 40, plus dangereux que le Flash-Ball
      « Le visage agit comme un pare-choc de voiture, il se casse pour protéger la boîte crânienne », relève Ludovic Bénichou, chef du service de chirurgie maxillo-faciale de l’hôpital Saint-Joseph, où furent hospitalisées plusieurs des victimes du LBD 40. « Quand le projectile est lancé à haute vélocité, il emmagasine une forte énergie cinétique, absorbée ensuite par l’impact, ce qui fait des dégâts : la maxillaire peut partir en miettes, l’orbite peut casser, il y a des pertes de tissus... Quand ça atteint la bouche, ça emporte pas mal de dents. »

      « Le LBD40 fait évidemment plus de dégâts »
      Le chirurgien poursuit : « Pour les soigner, on utilise la traumatologie faciale, qui a été inventée pendant la Première Guerre mondiale pour réparer les ’gueules cassées’ » - ces « poilus » dont le visage a été massacré par les balles allemandes. Chirurgie reconstructrice, chirurgie esthétique, greffes osseuses... « Au bout, ce ne sera pas comme s’il n’y avait rien eu, mais ça améliore les choses », poursuit le médecin.

      Comment expliquer un telle quantité de blessés au visage ? Par deux phénomènes au moins. D’abord, le remplacement progressif du Flash-Ball par des lanceurs de balles de défense 40mm, ou « LBD 40 » dans le jargon. « Le LBD 40, plus précis, fait évidemment plus de dégâts, puisque la cartouche est plus fine », note Guillaume Verney-Carron, directeur général de l’entreprise qui fabrique le Flash-Ball.

      D’autre part, un glissement dans la doctrine du maintien de l’ordre : « Avant, le Flash-Ball était utilisé pour se sortir d’une situation délicate, embraye le directeur. Maintenant, on en a changé la doctrine d’emploi : le LBD 40 est utilisé à toutes les sauces, et à plus grande distance. » Ainsi, rien que sur la journée du 1er décembre, quelque 776 cartouches de LBD 40 ont été tirées, preuve de leur utilisation massive.

      Réveils en sursaut et libido à zéro
      « Cette arme ne devrait pas exister. J’en vois pas l’intérêt. Les policiers ont des matraques et ils savent très bien s’en servir », s’agace David qui souhaite désormais leur disparition de l’arsenal de la police. « C’est du maintien de l’ordre, pas la guerre ! » Comme certains blessés militaires, David se réveille en sursaut de ses cauchemars, la nuit, persuadé d’avoir entendu des bruits de déflagration.

      Il y a d’autres séquelles post-traumatiques. Sa libido est à zéro, il a perdu 10 kilos, il ne peut plus se moucher et prend pour seul repas des boissons protéinées. Devant une glace, il n’accepte pas son visage déformé. « On m’a enlevé une partie de moi-même, énonce David en fondant en larmes. J’ai failli prendre ma moto et me foutre en l’air. » Son visage se clôt : « Ce tir a détruit beaucoup. Des années de ma vie. Je veux qu’on me rende ma mâchoire. »

      Le monde à travers le trou de la serrure
      Les traumatisés, tels des animaux blessés, se terrent dans leur tanière. Ainsi, Jérôme, éborgné par un tir de LBD 40, le 24 novembre dernier, ne quitte plus trop la pénombre de l’appartement familial de Chartres (Eure-et-Loire). « Je supporte mal la lumière », confie-t-il, un bandeau de pirate sur l’œil gauche. Alors le salon est tristounet à quelques jours de Noël, stores baissés de moitié et lampadaires tournés vers les murs.

      Jérôme
      Il faut le voir, ce costaud au crâne rasé, ancien agent de sécurité, les 40 ans marqués, qui s’est petit à petit replié sur lui-même. « Il a changé, s’attriste son épouse en voyant son regard viser le sol. Avant c’était un ’bonhomme’, comme on dit. Maintenant, il est fragilisé, son visage n’est plus éclairé, ses épaules sont rentrées... »

      « Une des seules choses que j’aimais chez moi, c’était mon regard »
      Cet ancien maître-chien était à la recherche de sa femme sur les Champs-Elysées lorsque c’est arrivé : « Ça a juste fait boum dans ma tempe ». Cette cartouche fatale a chamboulé sa vie. « J’ai l’impression de regarder le monde par le trou de la serrure », déplore âprement Jérôme. Son champ de vision s’est rétréci comme peau de chagrin. Le drame pour cet homme qui adorait piloter sa vieille Audi GT 80 et les séries de science-fiction. Aujourd’hui commercial, il n’est pas sûr d’oser affronter le regard des clients. Dans la rue, il est reluqué. « Le regard des gens n’est pas évident », souffle cet ancien parachutiste.

      Jérome et son épouse
      Pour Jérôme, qui jure qu’il n’était pas hostile, cette blessure est une énième injustice et un énième couperet. Lui qui, déjà, vilipendait ce monde « dominé par une poignée d’individus milliardaires », quand lui devait se résoudre « à prendre des crédits à la consommation pour payer les loyers en retard ». Pour que ses filles puissent se nourrir, « des fois, je ne mangeais rien pendant trois jours », dit-il. Et les fins de mois sont toujours aussi ric-rac.

      Maintenant, il souffre de terribles maux de tête, et le traumatisme l’a rendu plus anxieux. « J’ai peur qu’il m’arrive le moindre truc à l’autre œil, et que je devienne aveugle. Quand je me regarde, je me sens diminué. Je me suis jamais trouvé très beau.. mais une des seules choses que j’aimais chez moi, c’était mon regard. C’est celui de mon oncle », dit-il. Une larme s’échappe soudain de son œil de pirate, dernier signe de vie qui émanera de cet organe mort.

      Un mauvais tir ?
      Jérôme, entraîné aux armes quand il était militaire, ne croit pas à l’erreur de tir : « Je pense qu’il a visé la tête intentionnellement. Certains y prennent presque du plaisir. » Avocat de flics, maître Laurent-Franck Lienard n’est pas tendre à ce sujet avec ses clients : « Lorsqu’ils disposent d’armes intermédiaires, [les policiers] ne sentent pas la même inhibition et montrent une tendance très nette à y recourir, y compris lorsque la situation ne le justifie pas. (…) On ne compte plus les usages de cette arme en dehors de tout cadre légal, pour ’faire du bruit’, ’faire courir les jeunes’ ou ’se faire plaisir’… des notions bien éloignées de l’action policière ! »

      « Comme à la chasse, vous pouvez faire un mauvais tir », nuance le fabriquant du Flash-Ball. Habilitée au LBD 40, une source policière lui emboîte le pas : « On n’est pas tireurs d’élite et ça n’est pas une arme de précision. C’est comme à la boxe : ne pas viser la tête, ne pas viser la colonne… On fait toujours, toujours, au mieux. Mais on n’est pas infaillible. Ça dépend si la personne court, de la distance, des conditions climatiques, s’il y a du vent... »

      « Comme à la chasse, vous pouvez faire un mauvais tir »
      Seul hic, beaucoup de ces gueules cassées ne présentaient aucun danger immédiat. Des vidéos partagées sur les réseaux sociaux montrent au contraire des personnes pacifiques percutées de plein fouet par des tirs de LBD. Sollicitée, la place Beauvau n’a pas donné suite à nos demandes.

      « Tout ça alors qu’on défendait des droits... », conclut Jérôme. « Je ne regrette pas malgré tout. Je ne regrette rien, parce qu’il y a eu une prise de conscience collective... et je souhaite du plus profond de mon être qu’il se passe quelque chose. Je suis content d’avoir participé à ça, même si je l’ai payé très cher. »

    • Dans une interview à #Chasse_Passion de septembre, Guillaume Verney Caron pleure pour être soutenu par la france dans la fabrication d’armes à tuer des humains.

      Interview Guillaume Verney-Carron au sujet du VCD10
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLKmCoNyH4M

      Jamais mieux servi que par soi même, il écrit des articles à sa gloire dans la tribune.


      https://acteursdeleconomie.latribune.fr/debats/opinion/2016-09-16/la-fin-du-famas-pour-l-armee-francaise-et-maintenant-qu

      Le Famas, produit à Saint-Etienne et qui équipait depuis 1979 l’armée française sera bientôt remplacé par un modèle allemand HK 416. Son fabricant Heckler und Koch ayant remporté l’appel d’offres de l’Etat. Le sentiment d’amertume passé, Guillaume Verney-Carron, directeur général de l’entreprise stéphanoise éponyme, qui avait postulé pour maintenir la production de l’arme française sur son territoire historique, lance un appel pour que la filière française puisse continuer à vivre, et qu’elle retrouve ses lettres de noblesse.

      A quoi travaillent les lobbys de chasse à l’assemblée nationale ?

      #industrie_de_l'armement

    • La violence est une tradition française à préserver

      Verney Carron
      Verney-Carron Security. Since back in 1650, and then again the watershed year 1820, the family-run business has demonstrated wisdom, intelligence and level-headedness needed to navigate the transition from expert craftsmanship to cutting-edge, avant-garde industrial expertise, enabling us to carve out a position as trade-leading pace-setter.
      [Search domain www.verney-carron-security.com/en/] https://www.verney-carron-security.com/en


  • Das Geschäft mit den Flüchtlingen - Endstation Libyen

    Wenn sie aufgegeben haben, besteigen sie die Flugzeuge. Die Internationale Organisation für Migration (IOM) transportiert verzweifelte Flüchtlinge und Migranten zurück in ihre Heimatländer – den Senegal, Niger oder Nigeria. Es ist die Rettung vor dem sicheren Tod und gleichzeitig ein Flug zurück in die Hoffnungslosigkeit.

    Flug in die Hoffnungslosigkeit (picture-alliance / dpa / Julian Stratenschulte)

    Für die Menschen, die Tausende Kilometer nach Libyen gereist sind, um nach Europa überzusetzen, wird die EU-Grenzsicherung zunehmend zur Falle. Denn die Schleuser in Libyen haben ihr Geschäftsmodell geändert: Nun verhindern sie die Überfahrt, kassieren dafür von der EU und verkaufen die Migranten als Sklaven.

    Die Rückkehrer sind die einzigen Zeugen der Sklaverei. Alexander Bühler hat sich ihre Geschichten erzählen lassen.

    Endstation Libyen
    Das Geschäft mit den Flüchtlingen
    Von Alexander Bühler

    Regie : Thomas Wolfertz
    Es sprachen : Sigrid Burkholder, Justine Hauer, Hüseyin Michael Cirpici, Daniel Berger, Jonas Baeck und Florian Seigerschmidt
    Ton und Technik : Ernst Hartmann und Caroline Thon
    Redaktion : Wolfgang Schiller
    Produktion : Dlf/RBB 2018

    Alexander Bühler hat in Gebieten wie Syrien, Libyen, Haiti, dem Kongo und Kolumbien gearbeitet und von dort u.a. über Drogen, Waffen- und Menschenhandel berichtet. 2016 erhielt er den Deutschen Menschenrechtsfilmpreis in der Kategorie Magazinbeiträge, 2018 den Sonderpreis der Premios Ondas.

    https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/das-geschaeft-mit-den-fluechtlingen-endstation-libyen.3720.de.

    #migrations #UE #externalisation #contrôles_frontaliers #frontières #désert #Sahara #Libye #gardes-côtes_libyens #Tunisie #Niger #OIM (#IOM) #évacuation #retour_volontaire #réinstallation #Côte_d'Ivoire #traite #traite_d'êtres_humains #esclavage #marchandise_humaine #viol #trauma #traumatisme #audio #interview #Dlf

    @cdb_77, j’ai trouvé la super !!! métaliste sur :
    externalisation, contrôles_frontaliers, frontières, migrations, réfugiés...juste que ce reportage parle de tellement de sujets que j’arrive pas à choisir le fil - peut-être ajouter en bas de la métaliste ? Mais le but n’est pas de faire une métaliste pour ajouter des commentaires non ? En tout cas c’est très bien fait cette reportage je trouve ! ...un peu dommage que c’est en allemand...


  • Iraq: Isis sconfitto, ma dopo un anno ci sono 2 milioni di sfollati

    Dall’inizio del conflitto con l’Isis in Iraq, nel 2014, sono stati sfollati oltre 5,8 milioni di iracheni. Oggi, che l’Isis è sconfitto, ne restano ancora quasi 2 milioni. Lo rivela un report dell’agenzia Onu per le migrazioni-Missione in Iraq, che ha fornito aiuti a milioni di persone in tutti i 18 governatorati del Paese.

    Quasi 2 milioni di sfollati. È questa l’eredità lasciata dal cessato conflitto con l’Isis in Iraq. La guerra civile in Iraq è iniziata nel 2014, quando l’Isis aveva lanciato un’offensiva in Siria e Iraq, occupando gran parte del territorio iracheno, dove a giugno prese poi il controllo di Mosul, seconda città del paese, fino a proclamare la costituzione del Califfato e la designazione del suo califfo, Al-Baghdadi, come capo dei musulmani nel mondo.

    Tre anni di conflitto, concluso a dicembre 2017, che lascia oggi milioni di sfollati che non sono ancora in grado di ridurre la propria vulnerabilità, l’impoverimento e l’emarginazione causati dagli spostamenti forzati durante il conflitto.

    A rivelarlo è l’Oim (Organizzazione internazionale per le migrazioni) – Missione in Iraq, che ha fornito aiuti a milioni di persone in tutti i 18 governatorati dell’Iraq e ancora continua a monitorare – oggi, nel post-conflitto – la situazione.

    Secondo il report redatto dall’Oim, dal 2014, a causa del conflitto, sono stati sfollati oltre 5,8 milioni di iracheni: il picco di 570 mila famiglie circa (3,42 milioni di individui) si è toccato ad aprile 2016, per poi scendere a quota 317 mila famiglie (1,9 milioni di persone) a settembre di quest’anno, a quasi un anno di distanza dalla fine del conflitto, dichiarata a dicembre 2017.
    Popolazione e territorio colpiti dal conflitto con l’Isis

    Benché sia difficile individuare cause e spostamenti reali degli iracheni, dal conflitto ad oggi, l’Oim classifica alcune macro-ragioni di quello che definisce come “dislocamento prolungato“, ovvero la condizione degli sfollati interni che non sono in grado di “sanare” la propria situazione e tornare nella propria terra da almeno tre anni. In due terzi dei paesi monitorati per sfollamenti indotti da conflitti nel 2014, almeno il 50% degli sfollati interni è rimasto nella condizione di sfollato per oltre tre anni.

    Gli ostacoli vanno dagli alloggi, dopo la distruzione delle proprie abitazioni, alla mancanza dei servizi, ma non mancano problemi psico-emotivi dovuti al cosiddetto stress post-traumatico, in particolare per ciò che riguarda la fascia di popolazione infantile.

    A farne le spese maggiori sono le fasce più deboli della popolazione, come anziani, famiglie di donne e bambini, malati cronici, individui traumatizzati e appartenenti a gruppi etno-religiosi che sono stati storicamente emarginati o esclusi all’interno di una società più ampia.

    «Il fatto che questi problemi persistano molto tempo dopo la fine del conflitto – si legge nel report dell’Oim – è un’indicazione che il dislocamento provocato dal conflitto si protrae in parte perché lo status quo ante era di per sé ingiusto e che affrontare questi problemi richiede un approccio trasversale che abbraccia gli aspetti umanitari, lo sviluppo, la costruzione della pace e i settori della sicurezza».

    Sfollati interni: dati e composizione dal 2014 al 2018

    Il report dell’Oim fornisce una disamina dettagliata degli sfollati iracheni. Il 60% proviene dal governatorato di Ninewa, seguito dal governatorato di Salah al-Din (13%) e Anbar (12%). Kirkuk, Diyala e, in misura minore, Baghdad e Babilonia, completano l’elenco dei governatorati da cui le persone si sono trasferite con la forza durante la crisi.

    A partire da settembre 2018, tuttavia, la maggior parte delle persone sfollate da Anbar sono tornate ai luoghi di origine, mentre i tassi di ritorno per gli sfollati di Ninewa rimangono bassi.

    Una possibile ragione per questo diverso modello probabilmente si riferisce a quando, in particolare, i distretti all’interno di questi governatorati sono stati riconquistati dalle forze irachene. Grandi porzioni di Anbar sono state riconquistate dall’Isis nel 2015.

    In contrasto, le aree urbane di Ninewa non erano facilmente accessibili agli sfollati interni fino a un anno fa, inclusa la città di Mosul, la seconda più grande città in Iraq. Al culmine del fenomeno, nell’aprile 2016, i campi istituiti per questa crisi hanno protetto solo il 12% degli sfollati interni.

    Questo rapporto è aumentato al 30% a partire da settembre 2018, a causa di un significativo afflusso di sfollati interni ai campi fino alla fine del 2017 durante le ultime fasi del conflitto. In termini di aree di sfollamento, la regione del Kurdistan in Iraq e i governatorati di Baghdad, Anbar e Ninewa hanno storicamente ospitato un gran numero di sfollati durante questa crisi.

    A settembre 2018, la regione del Kurdistan in Iraq rimane l’area che ospita il maggior numero di sfollati, seguito dal Governatorato di Ninewa. Popolazioni che comprendono più dei due terzi di tutti gli sfollati interni. In base ai dati raccolti nell’agosto 2018, quasi i due terzi degli sfollati, nel complesso, hanno intenzione di rimanere nei loro luoghi di dislocamento per i prossimi 12 mesi.
    Case distrutte e nessuna sicurezza dopo gli attentati Isis

    Case distrutte, mancanza di attività generatrici di reddito, mancanza di servizi di base, discriminazione e scarsa percezione di sicurezza. Sono alcune delle ragioni che portano gli sfollati a non tornare nei propri luoghi di origine, nonostante la fine del conflitto. La distribuzione di queste motivazioni definisce i contorni del fenomeno.

    Quando viene chiesto di elencare i tre principali motivi per cui non hanno intenzione di tornare ai loro luoghi di origine all’interno il prossimo anno, il 41% degli sfollati interni elenca la propria casa distrutta o danneggiata come un fattore determinante in questa decisione.
    isis iraq

    Ma non solo: la mancanza di attività generatrici di reddito nel luogo di origine è stata citata dal 21% degli sfollati intervistati. Siamo a quota 9%, invece, per quanto riguarda la fornitura di servizi di base; si sale al 17% per la paura di discriminazione. Circa il 14% degli sfollati interni potrebbe essere involontariamente bloccato nello spostamento perché le autorità non permetterebbero i ritorni nei loro luoghi di origine a causa di problemi di sicurezza, mentre il 26% cita una mancanza di forze di sicurezza nelle loro aree di origine.
    L’isis è sconfitto, ma resta lo stress post-traumatico

    Le violenze estreme perpetrate dall’Isis, e le conseguenti operazioni militari per eliminarle, hanno avuto un forte impatto su grandi fasce della popolazione ed è probabile che in alcuni continuino a verificarsi sintomi di trauma e disagio psicologico, compreso il disturbo post-traumatico da stress.

    Un recente studio sui bambini sfollati e le loro famiglie ha rivelato che i bambini colpiti da questo conflitto hanno vissuto qualche forma di trauma e sofferenza psicologica. I sintomi più gravi sono stati riscontrati in bambini che vivevano sotto l’Isis per lunghi periodi rispetto a quelli che erano stati sfollati ancora prima nel conflitto. Inoltre, i genitori hanno riferito di essere preoccupati per il benessere dei loro figli e per gli effetti che il trauma potrebbe avere su di loro.

    Il 31% degli sfollati interni indica la paura o il trauma come motivo per non tornare ai loro luoghi di origine entro il prossimo anno. Questo è più diffuso tra gli sfollati interni dal governatorato di Diyala. Inoltre, il 13% degli sfollati segnala che i loro bambini (di età inferiore a 18 anni) mostrano segni di disagio psicologico. Gli sfollati originari di Kirkuk denunciano l’angoscia tra i loro figli due volte più frequentemente rispetto ad altri governatorati.
    Guerra civile in Iraq: il Califfo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    Il conflitto in Iraq ebbe i suoi esordi nell’estate del 2014, quando l’Isis lanciò un’offensiva in Siria e Iraq, occupando gran parte del territorio iracheno, dove a giugno prese il controllo di Mosul, seconda città del paese. L’improvvisa offensiva al Nord dell’Iraq rafforzò notevolmente l’esercito dello Stato islamico dell’Iraq e del Levante, che riversò uomini e mezzi dal confine siriano. Benché, infatti, le forze armate irachene fossero più numerose dei miliziani islamisti, l’offensiva dell’Isis costrinse il governo iracheno a dichiarare lo stato di emergenza. Da quel momento la guerra divenne regionale, coinvolgendo Siria e Iraq, ormai privi di una reale frontiera tra i due paesi.

    Il 29 giugno 2014, Da’esh proclamò la nascita del Califfato tra Siria e Iraq. In un audio postato su internet, l’Isis designa il suo capo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “califfo”, ovvero il capo dei musulmani nel mondo.

    «In una riunione, la shura (consiglio di Stato islamico) ha deciso di annunciare l’istituzione del Califfato islamico e di designare un Califfo per lo Stato dei musulmani – ha detto nel messaggio audio su internet Abu Mohammad Al-Adnani, portavoce dell’Isis – Lo sceicco jihadista al-Baghdadi è stato designato califfo dei musulmani».

    Dalla presa di Mosul all’annuncio della vittoria sull’Isis

    L’avanzata dell’Isis nel paese iracheno proseguì, fino a quando – nell’ottobre del 2016 – ebbe inizio l’offensiva irachena per riprendere Mosul, che determinò di fatto l’avvio delle operazioni decisive per liberare totalmente lo stato iracheno dall’Isis.

    La guerra civile terminò nel dicembre del 2017 con la caduta di Abu Kamal, ultima grande roccaforte dell’Isis sul confine Siria-Iraq. L’annuncio ufficiale è del 9 dicembre del 2017.

    «Le nostre forze controllano completamente la frontiera Iraq-Siria e annuncio dunque la fine della guerra contro Daesh – sono le parole del primo ministro iracheno Al-Abadi – Le nostre forze hanno assunto il pieno controllo dei confini con la Siria».

    È con il recupero degli ultimi territori controllati dagli jihadisti, le province occidentali di Ninive e Al Anbar, che si dichiara chiusa la guerra contro l’Isis.

    «È avvenuta la liberazione di tutti i territori dell’Iraq dalle bande di Daesh – afferma il vice comandante delle forze irachene congiunte, Abdelamir Yarala – e le nostre forze controllano le frontiere fra Iraq e Siria dal varco di frontiera di Al Walid a quello di Rabia».

    https://www.osservatoriodiritti.it/2018/12/06/isis-iraq-sconfitto-sfollati
    #Irak #asile #migrations #réfugiés #déplacés_internes #IDPs #ISIS #EI #Etat_islamique #trauma #traumatisme #statistiques #chiffres

    • Reasons to Remain: Categorizing Protracted Displacement in Iraq

      As the ISIL conflict ceased across Iraq, conflict-affected areas in the country experienced an uptick in returns of their internally displaced populations. The pace of this return, however, appears to be slowing, leaving the populations who still remain behind either in, or at risk of, protracted internal displacement.

      The result of this kind of displacement is the inability of internally displaced persons to progress toward finding a resolution to their displacement, whether it is eventual return, integration, relocation or some combination thereof.

      At present, there is limited consensus on what exactly these reasons for displacement are and roughly how many people are affected by each of these reasons. Having such knowledge, though, is a key step in developing a comprehensive strategy for durable solutions for Iraq.

      As such, the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Unit, the Returns Working Group (RWG), and Social Inquiry, with input and support from the Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD) within the Federal Government of Iraq, have conducted an in-depth analysis of existing large-scale datasets as well as other geographically targeted surveys and qualitative studies.

      The report provides a brief overview of the theoretical underpinnings of protracted displacement and their implications in the Iraq context, the methodology for this desk review and analysis, a time series of IDP movements, the categorization of reasons IDPs may still be displaced, and a discussion of findings.

      https://www.osservatoriodiritti.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Isis-Iraq.pdf


      https://www.osservatoriodiritti.it/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Isis-Iraq.pdf
      #rapport


  • Can We Really Inherit #Trauma? - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/10/health/mind-epigenetics-genes.html

    “These are, in fact, extraordinary claims, and they are being advanced on less than ordinary evidence,” said Kevin Mitchell, an associate professor of genetics and neurology at Trinity College, Dublin. “This is a malady in modern science: the more extraordinary and sensational and apparently revolutionary the claim, the lower the bar for the evidence on which it is based, when the opposite should be true.”

    Investigators in the field say the critique is premature: the science is still young and feeling its way forward. Studies in mice, in particular, have been offered as evidence of such trauma-transmission, and as a model for studying the mechanisms. “The effects we’ve found have been small but remarkably consistent, and significant,” said Moshe Szyf, a professor of pharmacology at McGill University. “This is the way science works. It’s imperfect at first and gets stronger the more research you do.”

    The debate centers on genetics and biology. Direct effects are one thing: when a pregnant woman drinks heavily, it can cause fetal alcohol syndrome. This happens because stress on a pregnant mother’s body is shared to some extent with the fetus, in this case interfering directly with the normal developmental program in utero.

    But no one can explain exactly how, say, changes in brain cells caused by abuse could be communicated to fully formed sperm or egg cells before conception. And that’s just the first challenge. After conception, when sperm meets egg, a natural process of cleansing, or “rebooting,” occurs, stripping away most chemical marks on the genes. Finally, as the fertilized egg grows and develops, a symphony of genetic reshuffling occurs, as cells specialize into brain cells, skin cells, and the rest. How does a signature of trauma survive all of that?

    #épigénétique


  • En #Bosnie, Ajnas se bat pour les #enfants de la #honte

    En #Bosnie-Herzégovine, on les appelle les « #enfants_invisibles ». Ce sont les bébés nés de viols commis pendant la guerre de Yougoslavie – par des soldats ennemis, mais aussi par des Casques bleus. Ajna Jusic est l’un de ces enfants de la honte, qui seraient entre 2 000 et 4 000 dans le pays...

    La jeune femme, à qui la mère a longtemps caché sa véritable histoire, lutte aujourd’hui pour faire reconnaître ces personnes, discriminées par la société, comme victimes de guerre officielles.

    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/079474-003-A/arte-regards
    #guerre #histoire #ex-Yougoslavie #viols #viols_de_guerre #femmes #invisibilité #discriminations #égalité_de_traitement #victimes_de_guerre #préjugés #rejet #insultes #adoption #exclusion #traumatisme #culpabilisation #stigmatisation #santé_mentale #reportage #documentaire #film

    Les mots très forts de Ajna Jusic :

    « Les dégâts causés par la guerre n’ont pas de nationalité, ni d’ethnie. Le viol n’a rien à voir avec la nationalité, c’est une expérience traumatisante et c’est comme tel qu’il faut le traiter »

    #nationalisme


  • How language problems bedevil the response to crises

    SITTING ON A muddy floor beneath a tarpaulin roof, Nabila, a 19-year-old Bangladeshi, fiddles with her shoelaces as she listens to Tosmida, a Rohingya woman in her mid-30s. Both are crying. Nabila, a student-turned-interpreter, says awkwardly: “She had it from all of them in her secret place.”

    The struggle to tell the story of Tosmida’s gang-rape is not just an emotional but a linguistic one. Since some 700,000 Rohingyas escaped persecution in Myanmar and fled to Bangladesh over a year ago, many Bangladeshis like Nabila have suddenly found themselves with new jobs, as interpreters. Tosmida’s Rohingya and Nabila’s Chittagonian are related but not identical. Interpreters, quickly trained, must try their best to understand another language, and fill in the gaps left by cultural differences—including taboos about what victims can say.


    https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2018/11/17/how-language-problems-bedevil-the-response-to-crises?fsrc=scn/tw/te/rfd/pe
    #langue #interprétation #interprètes #traduction #trauma #traumatisme #tabou #réfugiés #viol


  • Is Germany facing a mental health crisis among refugees and migrants?

    Whenever a migrant or refugee is the perpetrator of a violent crime, questions asked seem to revolve around their background and whether being a migrant has somehow predisposed them to commit the crime.

    What can mental health professionals add to the debate?

    In the German city of Freiburg, a student was gang-raped by several men, many of them of Syrian origin, spurring once again a debate in German society over a possible predisposition of migrants to committing violent acts.

    For health professionals, such acts require a different approach - one that is focused on the psychological risks of migrant journeys.

    Professor Dr. Thomas Elbert, a research professor in neuropsychology at the University of Konstanz, says that a mental health crisis among migrants is looming. As one of the authors of a new study for the Leopoldina (The German National Academy of Science), he calls for immediate action. “This [kind of violent incident] is something we have predicted.“

    Elbert warns that violent acts will occur more frequently if nothing is done to create conditions where, “young men in particular, but in general people who are seeking protection here in Germany, have the opportunity to acquire social status.”

    For Elbert, social status is key. Social status is the thing which stops many more people from committing crimes like rape or murder, he says. The loss of social status, which happens when you are sent to prison and excluded from society, is more of a barrier to crime than the actual punishment. But if you have nothing to lose then it is much easier to graduate to crime.

    That is not to say that refugees or migrants are naturally predisposed to commit such crimes because of their background or ethnicity, he adds.

    Risk factors, stress

    However, a greater proportion of migrants are exposed to risk factors which increase the likelihood of committing crimes, Elbert explains. This is due to the reasons which led them to flee or what they experienced on the road to Europe. People who have made it to Europe are often laboring under huge amounts of stress. “They feel under permanent threat,” he says.

    “We have asked refugees who have crossed the Sahara desert, how did you get here? And they told us: ’We had to commit crimes; we were attacked, people robbed us, so we also had to start attacking.’” From his research, Elbert found that out of 10 boys who leave West Africa, only two make it to the Mediterranean coast and only one actually crosses to Europe. He thinks that these people, in spite of their traumas, can be integrated successfully. They have, after all, already learnt to survive, but their traumas need to be treated, a key point of his study “Traumatized refugees –immediate response required.”

    Research conducted for the study has found that as many as half of migrants and refugees could have psychiatric problems or post-traumatic stress. The effects of these traumas can be worse for society in men than in women. And the majority of the migrants who arrived in 2015 were young men.

    Migrants abandoned in the Sahara desert Photo Sylla Ibrahima Sory


    Elbert found that one-third of men who experience a violent upbringing will turn to crime, whereas only one in 20 or 50 women will do so. However, women who have undergone trauma might be more prone to suicide or self-harm. All these things will cost society huge amounts of money – hence the call for therapy and more intensive screening.

    Treating #trauma

    Virginia Edwards-Menz is a registered nurse with 30 years experience working in mental health and more than 13 years counseling refugees and migrants on a volunteer basis near Freiburg.

    She agrees with a recent study by the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg which found that at least one in three people coming from Syria are laboring under some kind of mental health issue. However, the German system is not equipped to invest the amount of time needed to really assess each individual’s psychiatric needs, she says.


    She points out that most new arrivals are on welfare which means that only the most acute cases are even dealt with. Most social workers have more than 100 people to attend to. There is no way they can even begin to tackle the effects that violence may have had on the refugees. In addition, many refugees are not even aware that they might need that kind of help, says Edwards-Menz.

    Can trauma lead to gang-rape?

    Elbert does not see a correlation between trauma and rape. Rape he thinks is usually caused by problems of socialization and can also be the result of a continual witnessing of violence. “Once you have lost your moral barriers, what is allowed, what is not allowed, then rape is one of your options. We see that in war-like regions where there is no state or monopoly of power. Young men begin to rape. They do so in gangs, to show and test who is the most terrible cruel and dominant guy in the group.”

    Gender, attitude towards women

    Can crimes like the gang-rape in Freiburg be attested to having grown up in a different culture where the role of women is defined much differently than in Western cultures?

    Elbert and Edwards-Menz agree that there is no simple explanation. “It’s not a justification to say we have not learnt that the situation in Germany is maybe different [to the country of origin.]," Elbert says. But he also says that limits of what is OK and not OK “are learnt within a cultural context.” If the moral barriers you grew up with (for instance certain dress codes and behavior) are no longer present, then it can be easy to think that you do not have to respect the person who appears to be flouting the codes you learnt.


    As a volunteer, Edwards-Menz has often come across men from countries like Afghanistan who do adhere to Islamic codes of behavior and believe that European society should change to their way of thinking. She advocates talking to gradually shift mentalities and continually repeating the message of what is acceptable, and what is not in Germany. She notes that quite a lot of them arrive illiterate. This creates a barrier to integration and can also go some way to explaining sometimes entrenched attitudes. With no access to other ways of thinking or being, their opinions can take a long time to shift.

    The government and agencies who work with refugees and migrants are already doing this, she says. The main problem is time and resources, as in enough translators to work with people and enough time to devote to each individual and understand each separate biography. Only then, can these traumas really be overcome and people integrated successfully.

    Full assessment necessary

    Both experts agree that German society as a whole is facing a problem and that the solution cannot be to deport people and thereby push the problem onto another society.

    What both experts want is a proper assessment of the extent of the problem so that the trauma that many people are carrying can be digested. The problem is that this involves a long process and no simple answers, but it is only that which will aid better integration in the future.

    http://www.infomigrants.net/en/post/13164/is-germany-facing-a-mental-health-crisis-among-refugees-and-migrants
    #Allemagne #santé_mentale #réfugiés #asile #migrations #crime #criminalité #stress #traumatisme #viol #statut_social


  • The Vulnerability Contest

    Traumatized Afghan child soldiers who were forced to fight in Syria struggle to find protection in Europe’s asylum lottery.

    Mosa did not choose to come forward. Word had spread among the thousands of asylum seekers huddled inside Moria that social workers were looking for lone children among the general population. High up on the hillside, in the Afghan area of the chaotic refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, some residents knew someone they suspected was still a minor. They led the aid workers to Mosa.

    The boy, whose broad and beardless face mark him out as a member of the Hazara ethnic group, had little reason to trust strangers. It was hard to persuade him just to sit with them and listen. Like many lone children, Mosa had slipped through the age assessment carried out on first arrival at Moria: He was registered as 27 years old. With the help of a translator, the social worker explained that there was still time to challenge his classification as an adult. But Mosa did not seem to be able to engage with what he was being told. It would take weeks to establish trust and reveal his real age and background.

    Most new arrivals experience shock when their hopes of a new life in Europe collide with Moria, the refugee camp most synonymous with the miserable consequences of Europe’s efforts to contain the flow of refugees and migrants across the Aegean. When it was built, the camp was meant to provide temporary shelter for fewer than 2,000 people. Since the European Union struck a deal in March 2016 with Turkey under which new arrivals are confined to Greece’s islands, Moria’s population has swollen to 9,000. It has become notorious for overcrowding, snowbound tents, freezing winter deaths, violent protests and suicides by adults and children alike.

    While all asylum systems are subjective, he said that the situation on Greece’s islands has turned the search for protection into a “lottery.”

    Stathis Poularakis is a lawyer who previously served for two years on an appeal committee dealing with asylum cases in Greece and has worked extensively on Lesbos. While all asylum systems are subjective, he said that the situation on Greece’s islands has turned the search for protection into a “lottery.”

    Asylum claims on Lesbos can take anywhere between six months and more than two years to be resolved. In the second quarter of 2018, Greece faced nearly four times as many asylum claims per capita as Germany. The E.U. has responded by increasing the presence of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and broadening its remit so that EASO officials can conduct asylum interviews. But the promises that EASO will bring Dutch-style efficiency conceal the fact that the vast majority of its hires are not seconded from other member states but drawn from the same pool of Greeks as the national asylum service.

    Asylum caseworkers at Moria face an overwhelming backlog and plummeting morale. A serving EASO official describes extraordinary “pressure to go faster” and said there was “so much subjectivity in the system.” The official also said that it was human nature to reject more claims “when you see every other country is closing its borders.”

    Meanwhile, the only way to escape Moria while your claim is being processed is to be recognized as a “vulnerable” case. Vulnerables get permission to move to the mainland or to more humane accommodation elsewhere on the island. The term is elastic and can apply to lone children and women, families or severely physically or mentally ill people. In all cases the onus is on the asylum seeker ultimately to persuade the asylum service, Greek doctors or the United Nations Refugee Agency that they are especially vulnerable.

    The ensuing scramble to get out of Moria has turned the camp into a vast “vulnerability contest,” said Poularakis. It is a ruthless competition that the most heavily traumatized are often in no condition to understand, let alone win.

    Twice a Refugee

    Mosa arrived at Moria in October 2017 and spent his first night in Europe sleeping rough outside the arrivals tent. While he slept someone stole his phone. When he awoke he was more worried about the lost phone than disputing the decision of the Frontex officer who registered him as an adult. Poularakis said age assessors are on the lookout for adults claiming to be children, but “if you say you’re an adult, no one is going to object.”

    Being a child has never afforded Mosa any protection in the past: He did not understand that his entire future could be at stake. Smugglers often warn refugee children not to reveal their real age, telling them that they will be prevented from traveling further if they do not pretend to be over 18 years old.

    Like many other Hazara of his generation, Mosa was born in Iran, the child of refugees who fled Afghanistan. Sometimes called “the cursed people,” the Hazara are followers of Shia Islam and an ethnic and religious minority in Afghanistan, a country whose wars are usually won by larger ethnic groups and followers of Sunni Islam. Their ancestry, traced by some historians to Genghis Khan, also means they are highly visible and have been targets for persecution by Afghan warlords from 19th-century Pashtun kings to today’s Taliban.

    In recent decades, millions of Hazara have fled Afghanistan, many of them to Iran, where their language, Dari, is a dialect of Persian Farsi, the country’s main language.

    “We had a life where we went from work to home, which were both underground in a basement,” he said. “There was nothing (for us) like strolling the streets. I was trying not to be seen by anyone. I ran from the police like I would from a street dog.”

    Iran hosts 950,000 Afghan refugees who are registered with the U.N. and another 1.5 million undocumented Afghans. There are no official refugee camps, making displaced Afghans one of the largest urban refugee populations in the world. For those without the money to pay bribes, there is no route to permanent residency or citizenship. Most refugees survive without papers on the outskirts of cities such as the capital, Tehran. Those who received permits, before Iran stopped issuing them altogether in 2007, must renew them annually. The charges are unpredictable and high. Mostly, the Afghan Hazara survive as an underclass, providing cheap labor in workshops and constructions sites. This was how Mosa grew up.

    “We had a life where we went from work to home, which were both underground in a basement,” he said. “There was nothing (for us) like strolling the streets. I was trying not to be seen by anyone. I ran from the police like I would from a street dog.”

    But he could not remain invisible forever and one day in October 2016, on his way home from work, he was detained by police for not having papers.

    Sitting in one of the cantinas opposite the entrance to Moria, Mosa haltingly explained what happened next. How he was threatened with prison in Iran or deportation to Afghanistan, a country in which he has never set foot. How he was told that that the only way out was to agree to fight in Syria – for which they would pay him and reward him with legal residence in Iran.

    “In Iran, you have to pay for papers,” said Mosa. “If you don’t pay, you don’t have papers. I do not know Afghanistan. I did not have a choice.”

    As he talked, Mosa spread out a sheaf of papers from a battered plastic wallet. Along with asylum documents was a small notepad decorated with pink and mauve elephants where he keeps the phone numbers of friends and family. It also contains a passport-sized green booklet with the crest of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is a temporary residence permit. Inside its shiny cover is the photograph of a scared-looking boy, whom the document claims was born 27 years ago. It is the only I.D. he has ever owned and the date of birth has been faked to hide the fact that the country that issues it has been sending children to war.

    Mosa is not alone among the Hazara boys who have arrived in Greece seeking protection, carrying identification papers with inflated ages. Refugees Deeply has documented the cases of three Hazara child soldiers and corroborated their accounts with testimony from two other underage survivors. Their stories are of childhoods twice denied: once in Syria, where they were forced to fight, and then again after fleeing to Europe, where they are caught up in a system more focused on hard borders than on identifying the most damaged and vulnerable refugees.

    From Teenage Kicks to Adult Nightmares

    Karim’s descent into hell began with a prank. Together with a couple of friends, he recorded an angsty song riffing on growing up as a Hazara teenager in Tehran. Made when he was 16 years old, the song was meant to be funny. His band did not even have a name. The boys uploaded the track on a local file-sharing platform in 2014 and were as surprised as anyone when it was downloaded thousands of times. But after the surprise came a creeping sense of fear. Undocumented Afghan refugee families living in Tehran usually try to avoid drawing attention to themselves. Karim tried to have the song deleted, but after two months there was a knock on the door. It was the police.

    “I asked them how they found me,” he said. “I had no documents but they knew where I lived.”

    Already estranged from his family, the teenager was transported from his life of working in a pharmacy and staying with friends to life in a prison outside the capital. After two weeks inside, he was given three choices: to serve a five-year sentence; to be deported to Afghanistan; or to redeem himself by joining the Fatemiyoun.

    According to Iranian propaganda, the Fatemiyoun are Afghan volunteers deployed to Syria to protect the tomb of Zainab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammad. In reality, the Fatemiyoun Brigade is a unit of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, drawn overwhelmingly from Hazara communities, and it has fought in Iraq and Yemen, as well as Syria. Some estimates put its full strength at 15,000, which would make it the second-largest foreign force in support of the Assad regime, behind the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah.

    Karim was told he would be paid and given a one-year residence permit during leave back in Iran. Conscripts are promised that if they are “martyred,” their family will receive a pension and permanent status. “I wasn’t going to Afghanistan and I wasn’t going to prison,” said Karim. So he found himself forced to serve in the #Fatemiyoun.

    His first taste of the new life came when he was transferred to a training base outside Tehran, where the recruits, including other children, were given basic weapons training and religious indoctrination. They marched, crawled and prayed under the brigade’s yellow flag with a green arch, crossed by assault rifles and a Koranic phrase: “With the Help of God.”

    “Imagine me at 16,” said Karim. “I have no idea how to kill a bird. They got us to slaughter animals to get us ready. First, they prepare your brain to kill.”

    The 16-year-old’s first deployment was to Mosul in Iraq, where he served four months. When he was given leave back in Iran, Karim was told that to qualify for his residence permit he would need to serve a second term, this time in Syria. They were first sent into the fight against the so-called Islamic State in Raqqa. Because of his age and physique, Karim and some of the other underage soldiers were moved to the medical corps. He said that there were boys as young as 14 and he remembers a 15-year-old who fought using a rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

    “One prisoner was killed by being hung by his hair from a tree. They cut off his fingers one by one and cauterized the wounds with gunpowder.”

    “I knew nothing about Syria. I was just trying to survive. They were making us hate ISIS, dehumanizing them. Telling us not to leave one of them alive.” Since media reports revealed the existence of the Fatemiyoun, the brigade has set up a page on Facebook. Among pictures of “proud volunteers,” it shows stories of captured ISIS prisoners being fed and cared for. Karim recalls a different story.

    “One prisoner was killed by being hung by his hair from a tree. They cut off his fingers one by one and cauterized the wounds with gunpowder.”

    The casualties on both sides were overwhelming. At the al-Razi hospital in Aleppo, the young medic saw the morgue overwhelmed with bodies being stored two or three to a compartment. Despite promises to reward the families of martyrs, Karim said many of the bodies were not sent back to Iran.

    Mosa’s basic training passed in a blur. A shy boy whose parents had divorced when he was young and whose father became an opium addict, he had always shrunk from violence. He never wanted to touch the toy guns that other boys played with. Now he was being taught to break down, clean and fire an assault rifle.

    The trainees were taken three times a day to the imam, who preached to them about their holy duty and the iniquities of ISIS, often referred to as Daesh.

    “They told us that Daesh was the same but worse than the Taliban,” said Mosa. “I didn’t listen to them. I didn’t go to Syria by choice. They forced me to. I just needed the paper.”

    Mosa was born in 2001. Before being deployed to Syria, the recruits were given I.D. tags and papers that deliberately overstated their age: In 2017, Human Rights Watch released photographs of the tombstones of eight Afghan children who had died in Syria and whose families identified them as having been under 18 years old. The clerk who filled out Mosa’s forms did not trouble himself with complex math: He just changed 2001 to 1991. Mosa was one of four underage soldiers in his group. The boys were scared – their hands shook so hard they kept dropping their weapons. Two of them were dead within days of reaching the front lines.

    “I didn’t even know where we were exactly, somewhere in the mountains in a foreign country. I was scared all the time. Every time I saw a friend dying in front of my eyes I was thinking I would be next,” said Mosa.

    He has flashbacks of a friend who died next to him after being shot in the face by a sniper. After the incident, he could not sleep for four nights. The worst, he said, were the sudden raids by ISIS when they would capture Fatemiyoun fighters: “God knows what happened to them.”

    Iran does not release figures on the number of Fatemiyoun casualties. In a rare interview earlier this year, a senior officer in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard suggested as many as 1,500 Fatemiyoun had been killed in Syria. In Mashhad, an Iranian city near the border with Afghanistan where the brigade was first recruited, video footage has emerged of families demanding the bodies of their young men believed to have died in Syria. Mosa recalls patrols in Syria where 150 men and boys would go out and only 120 would return.

    Escaping Syria

    Abbas had two weeks left in Syria before going back to Iran on leave. After 10 weeks in what he describes as a “living hell,” he had begun to believe he might make it out alive. It was his second stint in Syria and, still only 17 years old, he had been chosen to be a paramedic, riding in the back of a 2008 Chevrolet truck converted into a makeshift ambulance.

    He remembers thinking that the ambulance and the hospital would have to be better than the bitter cold of the front line. His abiding memory from then was the sound of incoming 120mm shells. “They had a special voice,” Abbas said. “And when you hear it, you must lie down.”

    Following 15 days of nursing training, during which he was taught how to find a vein and administer injections, he was now an ambulance man, collecting the dead and wounded from the battlefields on which the Fatemiyoun were fighting ISIS.

    Abbas grew up in Ghazni in Afghanistan, but his childhood ended when his father died from cancer in 2013. Now the provider for the family, he traveled with smugglers across the border into Iran, to work for a tailor in Tehran who had known his father. He worked without documents and faced the same threats as the undocumented Hazara children born in Iran. Even more dangerous were the few attempts he made to return to Ghazni. The third time he attempted to hop the border he was captured by Iranian police.

    Abbas was packed onto a transport, along with 23 other children, and sent to Ordugah-i Muhaceran, a camplike detention center outside Mashhad. When they got there the Shia Hazara boys were separated from Sunni Pashtuns, Afghanistan’s largest ethnic group, who were pushed back across the border. Abbas was given the same choice as Karim and Mosa before him: Afghanistan or Syria. Many of the other forced recruits Abbas met in training, and later fought alongside in Syria, were addicts with a history of substance abuse.

    Testimony from three Fatemiyoun child soldiers confirmed that Tramadol was routinely used by recruits to deaden their senses, leaving them “feeling nothing” even in combat situations but, nonetheless, able to stay awake for days at a time.

    The Fatemiyoun officers dealt with withdrawal symptoms by handing out Tramadol, an opioid painkiller that is used to treat back pain but sometimes abused as a cheap alternative to methadone. The drug is a slow-release analgesic. Testimony from three Fatemiyoun child soldiers confirmed that it was routinely used by recruits to deaden their senses, leaving them “feeling nothing” even in combat situations but, nonetheless, able to stay awake for days at a time. One of the children reiterated that the painkiller meant he felt nothing. Users describe feeling intensely thirsty but say they avoid drinking water because it triggers serious nausea and vomiting. Tramadol is addictive and prolonged use can lead to insomnia and seizures.

    Life in the ambulance had not met Abbas’ expectations. He was still sent to the front line, only now it was to collect the dead and mutilated. Some soldiers shot themselves in the feet to escape the conflict.

    “We picked up people with no feet and no hands. Some of them were my friends,” Abbas said. “One man was in small, small pieces. We collected body parts I could not recognize and I didn’t know if they were Syrian or Iranian or Afghan. We just put them in bags.”

    Abbas did not make it to the 12th week. One morning, driving along a rubble-strewn road, his ambulance collided with an anti-tank mine. Abbas’ last memory of Syria is seeing the back doors of the vehicle blasted outward as he was thrown onto the road.

    When he awoke he was in a hospital bed in Iran. He would later learn that the Syrian ambulance driver had been killed and that the other Afghan medic in the vehicle had lost both his legs. At the time, his only thought was to escape.

    The Toll on Child Soldiers

    Alice Roorda first came into contact with child soldiers in 2001 in the refugee camps of Sierra Leone in West Africa. A child psychologist, she was sent there by the United Kingdom-based charity War Child. She was one of three psychologists for a camp of more than 5,000 heavily traumatized survivors of one of West Africa’s more brutal conflicts.

    “There was almost nothing we could do,” she admitted.

    The experience, together with later work in Uganda, has given her a deep grounding in the effects of war and post-conflict trauma on children. She said prolonged exposure to conflict zones has physical as well as psychological effects.

    “If you are chronically stressed, as in a war zone, you have consistently high levels of the two basic stress hormones: adrenaline and cortisol.”

    Even after reaching a calmer situation, the “stress baseline” remains high, she said. This impacts everything from the immune system to bowel movements. Veterans often suffer from complications related to the continual engagement of the psoas, or “fear muscle” – the deepest muscles in the body’s core, which connect the spine, through the pelvis, to the femurs.

    “With prolonged stress you start to see the world around you as more dangerous.” The medial prefrontal cortex, the section of the brain that interprets threat levels, is also affected, said Roorda. This part of the brain is sometimes called the “watchtower.”

    “When your watchtower isn’t functioning well you see everything as more dangerous. You are on high alert. This is not a conscious response; it is because the stress is already so close to the surface.”

    Psychological conditions that can be expected to develop include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Left untreated, these stress levels can lead to physical symptoms ranging from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME) to high blood pressure or irritable bowel syndrome. Also common are heightened sensitivity to noise and insomnia.

    The trauma of war can also leave children frozen at the point when they were traumatized. “Their life is organized as if the trauma is still ongoing,” said Roorda. “It is difficult for them to take care of themselves, to make rational well informed choices, and to trust people.”

    The starting point for any treatment of child soldiers, said Roorda, is a calm environment. They need to release the tension with support groups and physical therapy, she said, and “a normal bedtime.”

    The Dutch psychologist, who is now based in Athens, acknowledged that what she is describing is the exact opposite of the conditions at #Moria.

    Endgame

    Karim is convinced that his facility for English has saved his life. While most Hazara boys arrive in Europe speaking only Farsi, Karim had taught himself some basic English before reaching Greece. As a boy in Tehran he had spent hours every day trying to pick up words and phrases from movies that he watched with subtitles on his phone. His favorite was The Godfather, which he said he must have seen 25 times. He now calls English his “safe zone” and said he prefers it to Farsi.

    When Karim reached Greece in March 2016, new arrivals were not yet confined to the islands. No one asked him if he was a child or an adult. He paid smugglers to help him escape Iran while on leave from Syria and after crossing through Turkey landed on Chios. Within a day and a half, he had passed through the port of Piraeus and reached Greece’s northern border with Macedonia, at Idomeni.

    When he realized the border was closed, he talked to some of the international aid workers who had come to help at the makeshift encampment where tens of thousands of refugees and migrants waited for a border that would not reopen. They ended up hiring him as a translator. Two years on, his English is now much improved and Karim has worked for a string of international NGOs and a branch of the Greek armed forces, where he was helped to successfully apply for asylum.

    The same job has also brought him to Moria. He earns an above-average salary for Greece and at first he said that his work on Lesbos is positive: “I’m not the only one who has a shitty background. It balances my mind to know that I’m not the only one.”

    But then he admits that it is difficult hearing and interpreting versions of his own life story from Afghan asylum seekers every day at work. He has had problems with depression and suffered flashbacks, “even though I’m in a safe country now.”

    Abbas got the help he needed to win the vulnerability contest. After he was initially registered as an adult, his age assessment was overturned and he was transferred from Moria to a shelter for children on Lesbos. He has since been moved again to a shelter in mainland Greece. While he waits to hear the decision on his protection status, Abbas – like other asylum seekers in Greece – receives 150 euros ($170) a month. This amount needs to cover all his expenses, from food and clothing to phone credit. The money is not enough to cover a regular course of the antidepressant Prozac and the sleeping pills he was prescribed by the psychiatrist he was able to see on Lesbos.

    “I save them for when it gets really bad,” he said.

    Since moving to the mainland he has been hospitalized once with convulsions, but his main worry is the pain in his groin. Abbas underwent a hernia operation in Iran, the result of injuries sustained as a child lifting adult bodies into the ambulance. He has been told that he will need to wait for four months to see a doctor in Greece who can tell him if he needs another operation.

    “I would like to go back to school,” he said. But in reality, Abbas knows that he will need to work and there is little future for an Afghan boy who can no longer lift heavy weights.

    Walking into an Afghan restaurant in downtown Athens – near Victoria Square, where the people smugglers do business – Abbas is thrilled to see Farsi singers performing on the television above the door. “I haven’t been in an Afghan restaurant for maybe three years,” he said to explain his excitement. His face brightens again when he catches sight of Ghormeh sabzi, a herb stew popular in Afghanistan and Iran that reminds him of his mother. “I miss being with them,” he said, “being among my family.”

    When the dish arrives he pauses before eating, taking out his phone and carefully photographing the plate from every angle.

    Mosa is about to mark the end of a full year in Moria. He remains in the same drab tent that reminds him every day of Syria. Serious weight loss has made his long limbs – the ones that made it easier for adults to pretend he was not a child – almost comically thin. His skin is laced with scars, but he refuses to go into detail about how he got them. Mosa has now turned 18 and seems to realize that his best chance of getting help may have gone.

    “Those people who don’t have problems, they give them vulnerability (status),” he said with evident anger. “If you tell them the truth, they don’t help you.”

    Then he apologises for the flash of temper. “I get upset and angry and my body shakes,” he said.

    Mosa explained that now when he gets angry he has learned to remove himself: “Sometimes I stuff my ears with toilet paper to make it quiet.”

    It is 10 months since Mosa had his asylum interview. The questions he expected about his time in the Fatemiyoun never came up. Instead, the interviewers asked him why he had not stayed in Turkey after reaching that country, having run away while on leave in Iran.

    The questions they did ask him point to his likely rejection and deportation. Why, he was asked, was his fear of being persecuted in Afghanistan credible? He told them that he has heard from other Afghan boys that police and security services in the capital, Kabul, were arresting ex-combatants from Syria.

    Like teenagers everywhere, many of the younger Fatemiyoun conscripts took selfies in Syria and posted them on Facebook or shared them on WhatsApp. The images, which include uniforms and insignia, can make him a target for Sunni reprisals. These pictures now haunt him as much as the faces of his dead comrades.

    Meanwhile, the fate he suffered two tours in Syria to avoid now seems to be the most that Europe can offer him. Without any of his earlier anger, he said, “I prefer to kill myself here than go to Afghanistan.”

    #enfants-soldats #syrie #réfugiés #asile #migrations #guerre #conflit #réfugiés_afghans #Afghanistan #ISIS #EI #Etat_islamique #trauma #traumatisme #vulnérabilité

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  • La vie de désespoir des réfugiés relégués par l’Australie sur une île du Pacifique

    La femme du Somalien Khadar Hrisi a tenté plusieurs fois de se suicider. R, une Iranienne de 12 ans, a voulu s’immoler par le feu : à Nauru, minuscule caillou du Pacifique, des réfugiés relégués par l’Australie racontent à l’AFP une vie sans perspective, sans soins et sans espoir.

    Nauru, le plus petit pays insulaire du monde, vient d’accueillir le Forum des îles du Pacifique (Fip) mais a interdit aux journalistes l’accès aux camps de rétention où Canberra refoule les clandestins qui tentent de gagner l’Australie par la mer.

    L’AFP a toutefois réussi à y pénétrer et à rencontrer des réfugiés dont la quasi totalité ont souhaité l’anonymat pour des raisons de sécurité.

    A Nauru, près d’un millier de migrants dont une centaine d’enfants, sur 11.000 habitants, vivent dans huit camps financés par Canberra, certains depuis cinq ans, selon leurs récits.

    Dans le camp numéro 5, que l’on atteint au détour d’un chemin sous une chaleur écrasante, dans un paysage hérissé de pitons rocheux, le Somalien Hrisi veut témoigner à visage découvert.

    Il n’a plus peur, il n’a plus rien. Sa femme ne parle pas, son visage est inexpressif.

    M. Hrisi la laisse seule le moins possible, à cause de sa dépression. Elle a tenté plusieurs fois de se suicider ces derniers jours, raconte-t-il.

    « Quand je me suis réveillé, elle était en train de casser ça », dit-il en montrant des lames de rasoir jetables. « Elle allait les avaler avec de l’eau ».

    – Problèmes psychologiques -

    M. Hrisi affirme qu’ils sont allés plusieurs fois à l’hôpital de Nauru financé par l’Australie mais que celui-ci refuse de les prendre en charge. L’autre nuit, « ils ont appelé la police et nous ont mis dehors ».

    Le camp numéro 1 traite les malades, expliquent les réfugiés. Mais il n’accueille qu’une cinquantaine de personnes car l’endroit croule sous les demandes. Or beaucoup de migrants vont mal et souffrent de problèmes psychologiques liés à leur isolement sur l’île.

    Les évacuations sanitaires vers l’Australie sont rares selon eux.

    Les ONG ne cessent de dénoncer la politique d’immigration draconienne de l’Australie.

    Depuis 2013, Canberra, qui dément tout mauvais traitement, refoule systématiquement en mer tous les bateaux de clandestins, originaires pour beaucoup d’Afghanistan, du Sri Lanka et du Moyen-Orient.

    Ceux qui parviennent à passer par les mailles du filet sont envoyés dans des îles reculées du Pacifique. Même si leur demande d’asile est jugée légitime, ils ne seront jamais accueillis sur le sol australien.

    Canberra argue qu’il sauve ainsi des vies en dissuadant les migrants d’entreprendre un périlleux voyage. Les arrivées de bateaux, qui étaient quasiment quotidiennes, sont aujourd’hui rarissimes.

    Le Refugee Council of Australia et l’Asylum Seeker Resource Centre ont dénoncé récemment les ravages psychologiques de la détention indéfinie, en particulier chez les enfants.

    « Ceux qui ont vu ces souffrances disent que c’est pire que tout ce qu’ils ont vu, même dans les zones de guerre. Des enfants de sept et douze ans ont fait l’expérience de tentatives répétées de suicide, certains s’arrosent d’essence et deviennent catatoniques », écrivaient-ils.

    R, une Iranienne de 12 ans rencontrée par l’AFP, a tenté de s’immoler. Elle vit à Nauru depuis cinq ans avec ses deux parents de 42 ans et son frère de 13 ans.

    Les enfants passent leurs journées prostrés au lit. La mère a la peau couverte de plaques, elle dit souffrir et ne recevoir aucun traitement.

    – Essence et briquet -

    Le père a récemment surpris sa fille en train de s’asperger d’essence. « Elle a pris un briquet et elle a crié +Laisse-moi seule ! Laisse-moi seule ! Je veux me suicider ! Je veux mourir !+ ».

    Son fils sort lentement de son lit et confie d’une voix monocorde : « Je n’ai pas d’école, je n’ai pas de futur, je n’ai pas de vie ».

    Non loin de là, entre deux préfabriqués, une cuve est taguée du sigle « ABF » et d’une croix gammée. L’Australian Border Force est le service australien de contrôle des frontières, honni par les réfugiés.

    Ces derniers se déplacent librement sur l’île car la prison, ce sont ses 21 kilomètres carrés.

    Khadar reçoit un ami, un ancien gardien de buts professionnel camerounais qui raconte avoir secouru un voisin en train de se pendre. Son meilleur ami a été retrouvé mort, le nez et les yeux pleins de sang, sans qu’il sache la cause du décès.

    Pas de perspectives, et pas de soins. Au grand désespoir d’Ahmd Anmesharif, un Birman dont les yeux coulent en permanence. Il explique souffrir aussi du cœur et passe ses journées sur un fauteuil en mousse moisie, à regarder la route.

    Les défenseurs des droits dénoncent des conditions effroyables et font état d’accusations d’agressions sexuelles et d’abus physiques.

    Les autorités de l’île démentent. Les réfugiés « mènent leur vie normalement, comme les autres Nauruans (...) on est très heureux de vivre ensemble », assurait ainsi lors du Fip le président de Nauru, Baron Waqa.

    Mais les réfugiés soutiennent que leurs relations avec les Nauruans se détériorent.

    « Ils nous frappent toujours, ils nous lancent toujours des pierres », accuse l’adolescent iranien.

    – Economie sous perfusion -

    Un autre Iranien, un mécanicien qui a réussi à monter un petit commerce, crie sa colère. Il vient de se faire voler « la caisse, les motos, les outils ». « La police ne retrouve jamais rien quand ce sont les Nauruans qui volent les réfugiés », assène-t-il.

    Si les conditions sont vétustes dans les camps, où la plupart des logements sont des préfabriqués, beaucoup d’habitants de Nauru semblent vivre dans des conditions plus précaires encore.

    Bon nombre habitent des cabanes de tôle, les plages sont jonchées de détritus. Ils disent ne pas comprendre de quoi se plaignent les migrants.

    En attendant, les camps sont cruciaux pour l’économie de l’île, exsangue depuis l’épuisement des réserves de phosphate qui avait contribué à l’opulence du siècle dernier.

    Selon les chiffres australiens, les recettes publiques sont passées de 20 à 115 millions de dollars australiens (12 à 72 millions d’euros) entre 2010-2011 et 2015-2016, essentiellement grâce aux subventions australiennes liées aux camps.

    « Si on enlève les réfugiés, Nauru est morte : c’est pour ça que le président tient à ce que nous restions », juge le Camerounais.

    Mais tous les réfugiés rencontrés souhaitent partir, n’importe où pour certains.

    « Au XXIe siècle, les gens pensent en secondes, en instants. Le gouvernement australien a volé cinq ans de notre vie... qui s’en soucie ? », regrette le père de la petite Iranienne.


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    • The #Nauru Experience: Zero-Tolerance Immigration and #Suicidal_Children

      A recent visit to Nauru revealed the effects of Australia’s offshore #detention_policy and its impact on #mental_health.

      The Krishnalingam family on the roof of an abandoned mansion in Ronave, Nauru. The family applied for resettlement in the #United_States after fleeing Sri Lanka and being certified as #refugees.

      CreditCreditMridula Amin

      TOPSIDE, Nauru — She was 3 years old when she arrived on Nauru, a child fleeing war in #Sri_Lanka. Now, Sajeenthana is 8.

      Her gaze is vacant. Sometimes she punches adults. And she talks about dying with ease.

      “Yesterday I cut my hand,” she said in an interview here on the remote Pacific island where she was sent by the Australian government after being caught at sea. She pointed to a scar on her arm.

      “One day I will kill myself,” she said. “Wait and see, when I find the knife. I don’t care about my body. ”

      Her father tried to calm her, but she twisted away. “It is the same as if I was in war, or here,” he said.

      Sajeenthana is one of more than 3,000 refugees and asylum seekers who have been sent to Australia’s offshore #detention_centers since 2013. No other Australian policy has been so widely condemned by the world’s human rights activists nor so strongly defended by the country’s leaders, who have long argued it saves lives by deterring smugglers and migrants.

      Now, though, the desperation has reached a new level — in part because of the United States.

      Sajeenthana and her father are among the dozens of refugees on Nauru who had been expecting to be moved as part of an Obama-era deal that President #Trump reluctantly agreed to honor, allowing resettlement for up to 1,250 refugees from Australia’s offshore camps.

      So far, according to American officials, about 430 refugees from the camps have been resettled in the United States — but at least 70 people were rejected over the past few months.

      That includes Sajeenthana and her father, Tamil refugees who fled violence at home after the Sri Lankan government crushed a Tamil insurgency.

      Sajeenthana, 8, with her father after describing her suicidal thoughts and attempts at self-harm in September.CreditMridula Amin and Lachie Hinton

      A State Department spokeswoman did not respond to questions about the #rejections, arguing the Nauru refugees are subject to the same vetting procedures as other refugees worldwide.

      Australia’s Department of Home Affairs said in a statement that Nauru has “appropriate mental health assessment and treatment in place.”

      But what’s clear, according to doctors and asylum seekers, is that the situation has been deteriorating for months. On Nauru, signs of suicidal children have been emerging since August. Dozens of organizations, including #Doctors_Without_Borders (which was ejected from Nauru on Oct. 5) have been sounding the alarm. And with the hope of American resettlement diminishing, the Australian government has been forced to relent: Last week officials said they would work toward moving all children off Nauru for treatment by Christmas.

      At least 92 children have been moved since August — Sajeenthana was evacuated soon after our interview — but as of Tuesday there were still 27 children on Nauru, hundreds of adults, and no long-term solution.

      The families sent to Australia for care are waiting to hear if they will be sent back to Nauru. Some parents, left behind as their children are being treated, fear they will never see each other again if they apply for American resettlement, while asylum seekers from countries banned by the United States — like Iran, Syria and Somalia — lack even that possibility.

      For all the asylum seekers who have called Nauru home, the psychological effects linger.
      ‘I Saw the Blood — It Was Everywhere’

      Nauru is a small island nation of about 11,000 people that takes 30 minutes by car to loop. A line of dilapidated mansions along the coast signal the island’s wealthy past; in the 1970s, it was a phosphate-rich nation with per capita income second only to Saudi Arabia.

      Now, those phosphate reserves are virtually exhausted, and the country relies heavily on Australian aid. It accounted for 25 percent of Nauru’s gross domestic product last year alone.

      Mathew Batsiua, a former Nauruan lawmaker who helped orchestrate the offshore arrangement, said it was meant to be a short-term deal. But the habit has been hard to break.

      “Our mainstay income is purely controlled by the foreign policy of another country,” he said.

      In Topside, an area of old cars and dusty brush, sits one of the two processing centers that house about 160 detainees. Hundreds of others live in community camps of modular housing. They were moved from shared tents in August, ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum, an intergovernmental meeting that Nauru hosted this year.

      Sukirtha Krishnalingam, 15, said the days are a boring loop as she and her family of five — certified refugees from Sri Lanka — wait to hear if the United States will accept them. She worries about her heart condition. And she has nightmares.

      “At night, she screams,” said her brother Mahinthan, 14.

      In the past year, talk of suicide on the island has become more common. Young men like Abdullah Khoder, a 24-year-old Lebanese refugee, says exhaustion and hopelessness have taken a toll. “I cut my hands with razors because I am tired,” he said.

      Even more alarming: Children now allude to suicide as if it were just another thunderstorm. Since 2014, 12 people have died after being detained in Australia’s offshore detention centers on Nauru and Manus Island, part of Papua New Guinea.

      Christina Sivalingam, a 10-year-old Tamil girl on Nauru spoke matter-of-factly in an interview about seeing the aftermath of one death — that of an Iranian man, Fariborz Karami, who killed himself in June.

      “We came off the school bus and I saw the blood — it was everywhere,” she said calmly. It took two days to clean up. She said her father also attempted suicide after treatment for his thyroid condition was delayed.

      Seeing some of her friends being settled in the United States while she waits on her third appeal for asylum has only made her lonelier. She said she doesn’t feel like eating anymore.

      “Why am I the only one here?” she said. “I want to go somewhere else and be happy.”

      Some observers, even on Nauru, wonder if the children are refusing to eat in a bid to leave. But medical professionals who have worked on the island said the rejections by the Americans have contributed to a rapid deterioration of people’s mental states.

      Dr. Beth O’Connor, a psychiatrist working with Doctors Without Borders, said that when she arrived last year, people clung to the hope of resettlement in the United States. In May, a batch of rejections plunged the camp into despair.

      Mr. Karami’s death further sapped morale.

      “People that just had a bit of spark in their eye still just went dull,” Dr. O’Connor said. “They felt more abandoned and left behind.”

      Many of the detainees no longer hope to settle in Australia. #New_Zealand has offered to take in 150 refugees annually from Nauru but Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister, has said that he will only consider the proposal if a bill is passed banning those on Nauru from ever entering Australia. Opposition lawmakers say they are open to discussion.

      In the meantime, Nauru continues to draw scrutiny.
      ‘I’m Not Going Back to Nauru’

      For months, doctors say, many children on Nauru have been exhibiting symptoms of #resignation_syndrome — a mental condition in response to #trauma that involves extreme withdrawal from reality. They stopped eating, drinking and talking.

      “They’d look right through you when you tried to talk to them,” Dr. O’Connor said. “We watched their weights decline and we worried that one of them would die before they got out.”

      Lawyers with the National Justice Project, a nonprofit legal service, have been mobilizing. They have successfully argued for the #medical_evacuation of around 127 people from Nauru this year, including 44 children.

      In a quarter of the cases, the government has resisted these demands in court, said George Newhouse, the group’s principal lawyer.

      “We’ve never lost,” he said. “It is gut-wrenching to see children’s lives destroyed for political gain.”

      A broad coalition that includes doctors, clergy, lawyers and nonprofit organizations, working under the banner #kidsoffnauru, is now calling for all asylum seekers to be evacuated.

      Public opinion in Australia is turning: In one recent poll, about 80 percent of respondents supported the removal of families and children from Nauru.

      Australia’s conservative government, with an election looming, is starting to shift.

      “We’ve been going about this quietly,” Mr. Morrison said last week. “We haven’t been showboating.”

      But there are still questions about what happens next.

      Last month, Sajeenthana stopped eating. After she had spent 10 days on a saline drip in a Nauruan hospital, her father was told he had two hours to pack for Australia.

      Speaking by video from Brisbane last week (we are not using her full name because of her age and the severity of her condition), Sajeenthana beamed.

      “I feel better now that I am in Australia,” she said. “I’m not going back to Nauru.”

      But her father is less certain. The United States rejected his application for resettlement in September. There are security guards posted outside their Brisbane hotel room, he said, and though food arrives daily, they are not allowed to leave. He wonders if they have swapped one kind of limbo for another, or if they will be forced back to Nauru.

      Australia’s Home Affairs minister has said the Nauru children will not be allowed to stay.

      “Anyone who is brought here is still classified as a transitory person,” said Jana Favero, director of advocacy and campaigns at the Asylum Seeker Resource Center. “Life certainly isn’t completely rosy and cheery once they arrive in Australia.”

      On Monday, 25 more people, including eight children, left the island in six family units, she said.

      Those left behind on Nauru pass the days, worrying and waiting.

      Christina often dreams of what life would be like somewhere else, where being 10 does not mean being trapped.

      A single Iranian woman who asked not to be identified because she feared for her safety said that short of attempting suicide or changing nationality, there was no way off Nauru.

      She has been waiting two years for an answer to her application for resettlement in the United States — one that now seems hopeless given the Trump administration’s policies.

      Each night, often after the power goes out on Nauru, she and her sister talk about life and death, and whether to harm themselves to seek freedom.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/05/world/australia/nauru-island-asylum-refugees-children-suicide.html


  • Le #TAF reconnaît que l’imprécision des propos d’une requérante d’asile peut venir du traumatisme subi

    Dans un arrêt du 12 juin 2018, le TAF a octroyé l’asile à une femme irakienne de confession sunnite, enlevée puis frappée et violée par des miliciens chiites. Enceinte de deux mois, elle avait perdu l’enfant suite aux violences subies. Le SEM lui avait refusé l’asile, estimant son récit stéréotypé, évasif et indigent. Le TAF considère quant à lui que le récit est cohérent et que les imprécisions « peuvent d’ailleurs être la conséquence des violences extrêmes que l’intéressée a dit avoir subies, l’amnésie traumatique étant un phénomène reconnu qui affecte notamment les victimes de violences sexuelles ». Concernant, l’art. 3 LAsi, le TAF rappelle que l’intéressée ne peut se prévaloir d’une protection en Irak vu le contexte social et culturel qui y prévaut, qu’elle est sunnite alors que le pays est majoritairement chiite. Par ailleurs, le refuge interne n’est pas envisageable dans le cas d’espèce, des sunnites de sa tribu ayant annoncé vouloir la tuer pour « rétablir leur honneur ». Ainsi, le TAF a cassé la décision du SEM et a octroyé l’asile à la recourante.

    https://odae-romand.ch/breve/le-taf-reconnait-que-limprecision-des-propos-dune-requerante-dasile-lors
    #Suisse #asile #migrations #audition #imprécisions #trauma #traumatisme #récit #réfugiés


  • « Tu me fais violence ! » | Cairn.info
    https://www.cairn.info/revue-vacarme-2015-3-page-28.htm

    La rhétorique de la blessure et du traumatisme pour parler de toute violence dans les milieux queer produit non seulement un devenir victimaire généralisé mais une atomisation des communautés et des luttes. L’appel à la constitution d’espaces protégés et rassurants fonctionne de concert avec une gentrification qui masque toutes les problématiques de classe et de race locales et globales. On peut en rire ou chercher à comprendre comment la vigilance linguistique, d’un enjeu légitime et essentiel, finit par se retourner en police des consciences. Un appel à reconsidérer la situation intellectuelle et politique de la violence faite aux corps des autres.

    Stimulant...


  • How Refugees’ Trauma Became ‘Currency’ in Resettlement

    For many, seeking asylum requires repeatedly recounting your story, compounding its impact. Refugees feel pressured not only to prove persecution, but also that they’ve also been damaged by it. Betsy Joles reports from Malaysia.

    https://www.newsdeeply.com/refugees/articles/2018/08/10/how-refugees-trauma-became-currency-in-resettlement
    #réinstallation #asile #migrations #réfugiés #audition #preuve #persécution #trauma #traumatisme #interview