• « Je suis passée tout près de la mort » : après le traumatisme de la #réanimation, la longue reconstruction psychologique des patients Covid-19
    https://www.francetvinfo.fr/sante/maladie/coronavirus/je-suis-passee-tout-pres-de-la-mort-apres-le-traumatisme-de-la-reanimat

    Les rescapés partagent la même incompréhension. Les patients de Marisa Denos se demandent comment et pourquoi une telle épreuve est arrivée, si les #séquelles vont rester, si le virus va revenir. « L’anxiété est d’autant plus forte que l’on parle d’un #traumatisme collectif, à une échelle immense », poursuit Marilyne Baranes. Cette docteure en psychologie clinique et psychopathologie, spécialiste du stress post-traumatique, suit cinq patients post-réanimation, âgés de 28 à 40 ans. « D’habitude, des patients sortis de réanimation ont, plus ou moins rapidement, le sentiment d’avoir échappé à la mort, d’être tiré d’affaire. Là, les gens ne comprennent pas pourquoi cette maladie a fait tant de dégâts, pourquoi on n’a pas prévenu les gens plus tôt. Et avec la possibilité d’une deuxième vague, ils sont pétris de peur. »

    L’angoisse est d’autant plus forte pour des jeunes qui n’avaient jamais connu l’hôpital. A 22 ans, Hugues Mignot voit son état physique revenir « quasiment comme avant », même si tout effort sportif reste interdit. Ses cheveux et poils de barbe blanchissent et tombent. « C’est lié au stress post-traumatique », dit calmement ce Parisien passé dix jours en réanimation en mai. À l’hôpital Foch de Suresnes (Hauts-de-Seine), Hugues Mignot était l’un des rares patients conscients dans le service. Si les médecins étaient « très humains », les souvenirs restent violents, comme cette vue sur la chambre d’un homme très âgé, placé sous respirateur et dans le coma. Ou ces trois jours critiques « où je me suis rendu compte que c’était peut-être la fin ».

    #coronavirus

  • Coronavirus in Iraq adds to Yazidi community’s trauma - Middle East Eye
    Weighed down by years of suffering, one in four Yazidis in Iraq’s IDP camps may require psychological support after pandemic recedes

    #Covid-19#Iraq#Sinjar#Yezidis#Camp#Guerre#Quarantaine#Pandémie#Traumatisme#migrant#migration

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/coronavirus-iraq-yazidi-trauma-mental-health

  • Coronavirus : à Canton, la « Petite Afrique » stigmatisée
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/05/16/a-canton-la-petite-afrique-stigmatisee_6039869_3210.html

    A Xiaobei, le Tianxiu Building, qui abrite un marché connu dans toute l’Afrique, est désert. Plus de 90 % de ses boutiques sont fermées. Quelques commerçants chinois se contentent de laisser un numéro de portable sur leur porte close.Les cheveux « 100 % brésiliens » ou « 100 % indiens », les tissus traditionnels africains, les faux sacs à main de luxe et les téléviseurs Samsung probablement tout aussi faux, attendent en vain les chalands africains qui, d’ordinaire, alimentent les boutiques de Bamako, Lagos, Nairobi ou Johannesburg. Même spectacle dans les rues de Sanyuanli où seule une poignée de Chinois vend à même le trottoir et devant des dizaines de boutiques fermées des jeans de mauvaise qualité à de très rares acheteurs venus de Lagos ou de Conakry en mars et ne pouvant plus repartir. C’est que depuis plus de deux mois, les dizaines de milliers d’Africains qui résident à Canton ou viennent y faire des affaires font figure de pestiférés. Après la découverte, fin mars, que la patronne d’un restaurant fréquenté par des Africains était porteuse du Covid-19, la rumeur s’est propagée comme une traînée de poudre : tous les Noirs ont le Covid ! Début avril, plusieurs dizaines d’Africains – 200 affirment certains – sont expulsés manu militari de leurs logements par leurs propriétaires effrayés. Egalement refoulés par les hôteliers, ces commerçants au portefeuille pourtant bien garni dorment plusieurs jours à même le trottoir. Sur les réseaux sociaux, leurs vidéos deviennent virales en Afrique.

    #Covid-19#migration#migrant#Chine#Canton#Afrique#stigmatisation#pestiférés#expulsion#virus#test#racisme#santé-mentale#traumatisme#quarantaine#test

  • « Ce sont les plus vulnérables des vulnérables » : les familles de prisonniers syriens face au virus du silence
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/05/15/en-syrie-les-familles-de-prisonniers-face-au-virus-du-silence_6039713_3210.h

    Alors qu’il est impossible de connaître le bilan réel de l’épidémie de Covid-19 dans le pays, de nombreuses familles en exil s’inquiètent pour leurs proches qu’elles pensent retenus dans les prisons secrètes du régime.
    Elles sont syriennes, réfugiées en Turquie, en Jordanie, au Liban, en Grèce, en Allemagne ou au Royaume-Uni. Elles ont subi la guerre et tous ses maux : la terreur et les bombes, les destructions, les déchirures, la traque, l’exil. Elles ont vu mourir des voisins, des amis, de la famille. Elles ont quitté leur maison, les lieux de leur enfance ; laissé parfois derrière elles de vieux parents qui ne pouvaient les suivre ; subi dans leur fuite humiliations, harcèlements, chantages. Leurs nuits ne sont jamais tranquilles ; depuis longtemps, les rêves ont déserté. Ne restent que des souvenirs, de l’amertume, les traumatismes. Et pour toutes celles qui ont souhaité nous parler, une obsession qui les maintient en vie et les empêche de vivre : un mari, un père, un fils, un oncle, arrêtés par la police du régime syrien et disparus dans ses geôles sans qu’on ne sache plus rien.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#exil#réfugiés#traumatismes#santé#santé-mentale#Syrie

  • Call for probe after man found dead in Covid-19 asylum seeker hotel

    Refugee activists have called for an independent inquiry into the decision to move asylum seekers from their flats in Glasgow into hotels, after a man died suddenly at a guest house.

    Adnan, a 30-year-old Syrian, who had been in the city for about six months and was claiming asylum, was found dead in his room at #McLay’s_Guest_House on Tuesday 5 May.

    He had been living in the hotel for about a month, after accommodation provider, #Mears_Group, moved him from the flat where he had been living alone as part of its Covid-19 response.

    It is understood he may have died after a drug overdose. A postmortem will be carried out to confirm the cause of death.

    Hundreds of asylum seekers across the city have been moved to hotels by #Mears since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak. Their asylum support of £35 per week has stopped and instead they are provided with three meals per day in communal dining rooms, where it is claimed social distancing is difficult.

    They have no money for essentials such as toiletries, phone top-ups or snacks. After The Ferret reported that shared coffee and tea facilities put people at risk of being infected by Covid-19, they were taken away in at least one dining room. No in-room alternatives have been offered.

    Those supporting asylum seekers in hotels have said the situation is having a toll on their emotional well-being and are concerned about the risks that the situation poses to their physical health during the pandemic.

    The Ferret spoke to a friend of Adnan, who is also staying at McLay’s Guest House. He said his friend had addiction issues, was taking street Valium, and had become increasingly distressed during his time at the hotel.

    It is claimed that he had experienced past #trauma including abuse in jail and his friend said he had been expressing suicidal thoughts in the weeks leading up to his death.

    The day before he died, his friend said he was having flashbacks and had asked to see a GP.

    Pinar Aksu, an activist who also works for Maryhill Integration Network, said: “There needs to be an independent inquiry into this death. If people don’t get the help they need then we risk more people dying.

    “We also need to stop moving people into hotels. It seems very clear to me that this is being done so that Mears and the Home Office can protect profit. If they care about people’s welfare then why are they moving people out of their flats in the midst of a pandemic to places where they have to eat meals in shared areas and share bathrooms?

    “This tragedy is evidence of the damage caused by the asylum system. Moving people to hotels like this is only causing more stress and isolation. It has to stop.”

    A spokesperson from the No Evictions Network said: “We are deeply saddened and utterly outraged by the lack of humanity, dignity, or consideration shown to asylum seekers by Mears, the Home Office, and the UK government. They have failed to comply with basic duties and to treat human life with respect.

    “Individuals, racist policies and systems are directly to blame for this man’s death. This situation was entirely avoidable. Despite this, pleas for change made by both individuals and organisations have been ignored and a young life has now been lost.”

    At oral evidence given to the Home Affairs Committee inquiry into Home Office work on Covid-19, Mears Group said it had taken the decision “on balance” to move people in flats into hotels with meals provided because it meant staff would not need to deliver cash to them. It was also claimed they would have better access to health services.

    Mears, along with Clearsprings Real Homes and Serco who have accommodation contracts elsewhere in the UK, said it was “concerning” that asylum seekers had had their support stopped.

    A spokesman for Mears Group said: “We are deeply sad to confirm the death of an asylum-seeker who had been in Mears supported accommodation. The cause of death has not been determined.”

    A Police Scotland spokesperson said the death is being treated as “unexplained” and that a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

    The Ferret tried to contact McLay’s Guest House for comment but was not able to speak to management. The Home Office has also been contacted.

    https://theferret.scot/covid-19-syrian-man-dies-asylum-seeker-hotel
    #décès #mort #mourir_dans_un_hôtel #Glasgow #Ecosse #UK #asile #migrations #réfugiés #hôtel #covid-19 #coronavirus #hébergement #logement #santé_mentale #suicide (?) #traumatisme #privatisation

    ping @karine4 @isskein @thomas_lacroix

    • Fury after Syrian asylum seeker found dead in Scottish hotel

      CAMPAIGNERS have slammed the UK Government after a Syrian man was found dead in a Scottish hotel.

      Initially named by friends as Adnan Olpi, that can today be confirmed as Adnan Olbeh.

      The 30-year-old was amongst scores of asylum seekers placed in a private guest house by Home Office housing contractor Mears Group.

      Emergency services were called to the 81-bedroom McLays Hotel in Glasgow on Tuesday afternoon but were unable to save him.

      Police Scotland said his death is being treated as unexplained, and friends told The National that he had sought support for mental health struggles and had developed drug problems while in the UK asylum system.

      However, despite some reports on social media that he had taken his own life, it is not known whether or not his death was intentional.

      Friends living alongside Mr Olbeh at the city site were afraid to speak out on the record, for fear of harming their claims for sanctuary in the UK.

      However, speaking on condition of anonymity, one fellow Syrian told how he had accompanied Mr Olbeh to appointments in which he had asked for mental health support. The friend said: “He had suicidal thoughts and told the Home Office that. I went to the hospital with him, he was seeking help. He tried many times. They would ask, ‘can you wait a few days?’”

      However, it is claimed that the move into the hotel exacerbated Mr Olbeh’s distress due to the inability to carry out basic independent tasks, like cooking his own meals. The friend went on: “I’m in shock. It’s really tough for me because I was so close with him.

      “He was under more pressure. I wonder if there was any small thing I could have done to save him.

      “He had a dream, he wanted his life to become better. He wanted to work and send money back to his family. He wanted to improve himself and he was learning the language. He wanted to get married and start a family.”

      The No Evictions Network held an online vigil yesterday evening. A spokesperson said: “We are deeply saddened by the situation, and utterly outraged by the lack of humanity, dignity or consideration shown to asylum seekers by Mears, the Home Office, and the UK Government.

      “They have failed to comply with basic duties and to treat human life with respect. This situation was entirely avoidable. Despite this, pleas for change made by both individuals and organisations have been ignored. We have lost a young life.”

      It is understood that around 500 asylum seekers in total are now being housed in Glasgow hotels, including some brought in from elsewhere in the UK. Mears Group claims it had to move people out of the short-term let accommodation used for new applicants but has been unable to find new provision due to coronavirus restrictions on the property market.

      Advocacy groups have raised fears about welfare, safety and social distancing but Mears Group insists all movement is being undertaken in accordance with health authority guidance on social distancing.

      Last night, a Mears Group spokesperson said: “We are deeply sad to confirm the death of an asylum seeker who had been in Mears supported accommodation. Mears are working with the Home Office to contact the asylum seeker’s family before disclosing more information.”

      The Home Office said: "We are aware of an incident resulting in an individual sadly losing his life.

      “It would be inappropriate to comment before all of the facts have been established and his family have been notified.”

      https://www.thenational.scot/news/18439256.fury-syrian-asylum-seeker-found-dead-scottish-hotel

    • Syrian man dies in Glasgow amid fears over refugees’ mental health

      Concerns raised over hundreds of asylum seekers moved en masse into hotels for lockdown.

      A Syrian man has been found dead in a Glasgow guesthouse after outreach workers raised significant concerns about the spiralling mental distress of hundreds of asylum seekers who were moved en masse into hotels at the beginning of lockdown.

      The man, who was 30 and had been living in Glasgow for the past six months while he completed his asylum application, was found dead in his room at McLay’s Guest House in the city centre on 5 May. A postmortem will take place to establish the cause of death, but a friend said the man had been experiencing suicidal thoughts for several weeks.

      Last month the Guardian reported that more than 300 asylum seekers housed in the city – the UK’s largest dispersal area – had been given less than an hour’s notice to pack up their flats before being moved into city centre hotels, where they claimed physical distancing was “impossible”. In a move condemned by campaigners, they also had all financial support withdrawn.

      The private housing provider Mears, which is subcontracted by the Home Office, moved them from mainly self-contained apartments into hotels where residents and campaigners describe continuing difficulties with maintaining physical distancing.

      Mears said people were being “safely and appropriately” housed in accordance with health authority guidance, while a Home Office spokesperson said it was “totally incorrect” to suggest that there were problems with physical distancing.
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      Since then, outreach workers have identified increasing fear, stress and anxiety among this vulnerable population, who have no information about future housing arrangements and no money to top up their phones to continue communication with lawyers, or buy extra food, hand sanitiser or period products for women.

      A friend of the dead man said that since the move into the guesthouse, he had spoken of worsening flashbacks to torture he had experienced on his journey through Libya to the UK.

      Ako Zada, the director of Community InfoSource, an asylum housing charity, has been visiting hotel residents regularly. He said: “I’ve been shocked to see people so mentally unwell. They are worried about cleaning of shared areas, and they don’t know when they will be moving again because they keep getting told different stories.”

      Hotel residents have complained about the quality of food provided, the fact that windows cannot be opened, as well as the psychological isolation. A number of hotel workers have also contacted the Guardian to raise concerns about large numbers of asylum seekers congregating in enclosed areas.

      Robina Qureshi of Positive Action in Housing said the “hotel asylum seekers” were being treated as “less than human”. “Many people, men and women are suffering from severe mental health conditions. The fact that Mears and the Home Office see fit to dump hundreds of people in hotels where there is no social distancing, people cannot keep their personal environment aired or hygienic, and have had their meagre card payment of £35 a week cut to £0 deserves further investigation.”

      Sabir Zazai, the chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council, said: “This tragic death must be a chilling reminder of the chronic vulnerabilities of those going through the complexities of the asylum system.”

      A Mears spokesperson said: “We are deeply sad to confirm the death of an asylum – seeker who had been in Mears-supported accommodation. Mears are working with the Home Office to contact the asylum seeker’s family before disclosing more information.”

      A home office spokesperson said: “We are aware of an incident resulting in an individual sadly losing his life. It would be inappropriate to comment before all of the facts have been established and his family have been notified.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/11/syrian-man-dies-glasgow-fears-refugees-mental-health

    • Mears Group 2020 update: scandal-ridden landlord under fire from Glasgow to Gloucester

      At the start of 2019 we published a profile on Mears Group. The #Gloucester based housing repairs outsourcer had just won a £1.15 billion contract to run the refugee accommodation system in Scotland, Northern Ireland and much of the north of England.

      In the last year, refugee and housing campaigners have been keeping a close eye on Mears, with local resistance to its slum landlord practices emerging across the UK. This report just gives a quick update on some recent news on the company.

      Unless you live in one of the properties it manages, you may well not have heard of Mears. But it has quietly built up a small empire across the UK, primarily by taking over privatised housing services from local councils. Along the way it’s already clocked up a list of scandals from Glasgow down to Brighton, involving accusations of local government corruption and numerous alleged overcharging scams.

      The death of Adnan Olbeh

      Adnan Olbeh was found dead on 5 May 2020 in a Glasgow hotel where he had been placed by Mears Group under its management of the UK’s “asylum dispersal” scheme. He was 30 years old, from Syria. The cause of death is unclear, with any postmortem examination delayed by the corona crisis.

      What is known is that Adnan was one of hundreds of refugees recently evicted from their flats by Mears and other asylum landlords.

      The mass evictions were part of the Home Office’s coronavirus strategy. Often with just an hour’s notice, people were told to pack and leave their flats and moved into hotels. The logic behind this is not entirely clear, but it seems in line with other aspects of the government’s shambolic covid-19 response. “Social distancing” measures included people being transported four or five to a small van, stripped of cash support and facilities to cook for themselves, and instead being made to eat close together in hotel canteens — with food including the likes of undercooked chicken and mouldy bread.

      According to Smina Akhtar, interviewed by John Grayson for the Institute for Race Relations:

      “We have had lots of reports from people in the hotels about really awful food and poor conditions there. Adnan’s friend told me that his mental health really deteriorated in the hotel. A week before he died his friend asked the hotel to call an emergency ambulance because Adnan was in a terrible state. His friend went with him to the hospital but said that the staff there did nothing, they offered him no medication, and sent him back to his hotel.”

      According to Mears, in evidence to the House of Commons Home Affairs select committee, it was acting on a directive from the Home Office.

      Mears’ Home Office contracts so far

      Adnan Olbeh’s death is one visible tragedy linked to the misery of the UK asylum system. Thousands more people live with the everyday effects of a housing system which “disperses” people into run-down slum housing in the country’s most impoverished communities.

      For Mears, this means a ten year profit stream. For Mears’ new tenants – rat infestations, broken boilers, collapsed ceilings, piles of rubbish, and environmental hazards of all kinds seem the norm.

      John Grayson of South Yorkshire Asylum Action Group (Symaag) has been documenting the “chaotic” and “failed” Mears contract in Yorkshire. In the past he reported on similar conditions under the last contract holder, G4S.

      So have Mears even managed to underperform the shambles of G4S’ housing management? It’s maybe too early to make a full comparison. But it doesn’t look like things have got off to a good start.

      G4S and others had complained bitterly about making losses on the former round of asylum housing contracts. To drive profits up, Mears started their own tenure by trying to slash the amounts they pay to the smaller landlords they rent from. In South Yorkshire, Mears offered landlords new contracts paying up to 20% less than G4S had done. Many refused to sign up in what John Grayson calls a “virtual landlords strike” which left Mears struggling to place the asylum seekers it was contracted to house.

      In the North East, Mears had similar problems negotiating with G4S’ main sub-contractor Jomast – development company headed by Teesside multi-millionaire Stuart Monk. According to Grayson, this left over 1000 people stuck in hotels across West Yorkshire and Humberside in Wakefield’s “Urban House” temporary asylum accommodation over the winter. And, as he explained to us, the problem is by no means solved.

      “When Covid-19 arrived the whole asylum housing system was frozen in the Mears contract areas with around 400 people still in hotels and 270 in Urban House. Many people have now spent four months in Urban House, when they are only meant to stay there a few weeks. Urban House has appalling conditions which have been extensively documented in pictures and videos sent out from people resisting inside.”

      One thing Mears has achieved in Yorkshire is provoking a major local authority to come out against the contract. In January, as well as launching inspections of 240 Mears properties, Sheffield Council called on the Home Office to terminate the Mears contract and transfer asylum housing in the city directly to the council. This is only really a token gesture – the council has no say in national asylum policy. But it could be one move in a shift against the outsourced asylum housing system, if followed up elsewhere in the country.

      In Scotland, there is a strong solidarity network in support of refugee housing rights – including the Glasgow No Evictions campaign and groups such as the Unity Centre, Living Rent tenants union, and charity Positive Action in Housing. The main rallying point in 2019 was previous contractor Serco’s threatened “lock change evictions” of 300 of its tenants. Well aware of the opposition, Mears has so far tried to tread more carefully. It has promised not to carry out similar evictions, and set up a so-called “independent scrutiny board” to deflect criticism.

      In the North of Ireland, the PPR Project is one association monitoring and exposing conditions in Mears’ housing there.

      Milton Keynes mystery

      Before it turned asylum landlord, Mears’ big profit hope was getting more involved in the very lucrative business of housing development. One of its potential jackpots was a 50/50 joint venture with Milton Keynes council to redevelop seven major estates. The deal was valued at £1 billion, and branded as “YourMK”.

      But as of last year, the scheme was dead in the water. In July 2018, the council said it was putting the regeneration deal “on hold”. In October 2018, whistleblower allegations emerged that Mears had been overcharging Milton Keynes for repairs by up to £80,000 a month, with overall some £15 million “unaccounted for”. When we looked at Mears last February, the YourMK website had gone dead, with a page announcing that further information would be coming soon.

      The MK scandal still seems to be quietly brewing. In July 2019, the MK Citizen reported first of all that the regeneration scheme was definitively “scrapped”. But a couple of weeks later a second Citizen report corrected that YourMK was “not dead but dormant”, with the council and Mears “in discussions about whether it will remain the right partnership structure in future”.

      In May 2020, we haven’t seen any new announcements. The YourMK website is still down, and there is no official word on that supposedly missing 15 million. Where are the budding investigative journalists of Milton Keynes to get to the bottom of this?

      Booted out of Brighton

      Mears’ ten year housing maintenance contract with Brighton and Hove council finally came to an end on 31 May. Again, customer complaints came together with whistleblower revelations – and, yet again, the apparent disappearance of large sums of money.

      A council investigation found it had been overcharged by £500,000 by a plastering subcontractor hired by Mears. A second investigation was later opened into overcharging for electrical work.

      Mears will not be missed in #Brighton. And just before they left, in February 2020 their workers were balloting for strike action over pay and Mears’ plan to combine holiday and sick pay.

      Newham: Mears Cats

      In East London, Mears run 250 homes which are set for demolition as part of Newham Council’s “Regeneration Zone” in Canning Town and Custom House, E16.

      Like Milton Keynes, this is another overlong saga of a failing regeneration project leaving people stuck in poor housing. Back in 2011, Newham handed the properties to a private management company called Omega to let out on short term commercial tenancies. This was supposed to be a “temporary” arrangement before the bulldozers came in. Mears bought out the contract in 2014, and six years later are still in place. While the buildings are still owned by the council, Mears collect the rent and do the repairs – in theory.

      In reality, Custom House tenants speak of conditions that would be very familiar to anyone in Mears’ asylum accommodation in Sheffield or Glasgow. Months overdue repairs, water leaks, exposed asbestos, rat infestations and a “war” to get anything done – all whilst paying average rents twice as high as in directly run Newham council properties.

      Tenants have set up a vocal campaign group called Mears Cats, part of the Peoples Empowerment Alliance of Custom House, pushing to get their repairs done and for Newham Council to take direct responsibility. Boglarka Filler, one of the Mears Cats, told Corporate Watch:

      “Schemes such as the partnership between Mears and Newham Council have brought further misery to people already on the receiving end of austerity and insecure employment. Mears Cats are campaigning for better quality, cheaper housing for Mears tenants struggling to cope with disrepair and debts caused by high rents. We will take action to ensure that the Mears contract will not be renewed in Newham when it runs out in 2021, and that we get a fair deal next time.”

      Steady profits, feisty shareholders

      On a business front, Mears continues to turn a decent profit and pay out to its shareholders. Its last year (2018) annual results clocked operating profits up 4.7% (though revenue was 3% down), and shareholders pocketed a dividend up 3% on the year before.

      Mears has kept up its strategy of honing in on its “core” housing maintenance business. After buying up Mitie’s property division last year, it sold off its own home care wing.

      Most recently, Mears has said that it only expects a modest impact from the covid crisis. Housing is what is called “non-discretionary” spending – unlike foreign holidays or consumer fads, there is still demand for essential repairs in a downturn. The bulk of Mears’ income is locked in from long term contracts, largely with the public sector. As the company explained, 90% of its order book comes from public bodies and “the government has made a clear commitment that invoices will be settled quickly”.

      Through the lockdown, Mears has said it is only carrying out only emergency repairs. Although workers complain they are still being sent on unnecessary jobs without “social distancing” in place, or called in just to sit in company offices.

      Less positive for management, there are new rumbles from rebellious shareholders. Back in 2018 one of the two biggest shareholders, a German investment manager called Shareholder Value Management (SVM) successfully pushed out the company’s long-term chairman. At the latest AGM in June 2019, the other big investor also threw its weight around.

      PrimeStone Capital, a Mayfair based investor which owns over 13% of Mears’ shares, tried to get two new nominees on the board of directors against management’s wishes. The shareholder rebellion was narrowly defeated. In a statement, PrimeStone explained it was unhappy that “the company’s revenues and profit have remained flat despite its strong market position and growth prospects [while] average net debt has doubled”.

      It argued that:

      “Mears’ underperformance is predominantly due to a lack of strategic, commercial and financial experience on the board. The current board has a strong concentration of directors with a background in social housing, health & safety and charities.”

      Mears’ profit-hungry management guarantee shareholder payoffs by squeezing their repair costs to the bone. The outcome is the lived experience of their tenants across the UK. But, for some shareholders, they’re still not doing enough.

      Students and shirts

      Despite its well documented failings, Mears continues to win new contracts – for example, a new housing development project in North Lanarkshire, and a housing maintenance and repairs contract with Crawley council.

      Another sideline is its student housing offshoot Mears Student Life, so far with just two complexes in Dundee and Salford.

      Mears also likes a bit of football. In May 2019 the League One side Rotherham United confirmed it had extended its contract to emblazon the company’s classy red and black logo on its away kits for the 2019/20 season.

      Flowers left for Adnan Olbeh

      https://corporatewatch.org/mears-group-2020-update-scandal-ridden-landlord-under-fire-from-glas

  • « Pour les exilés, le confinement peut réveiller des images traumatiques »

    Si le suivi psychologique des exilés se poursuit notamment par téléphone, la psychologue Marie-Caroline Saglio-Yatzimirsky, qui reçoit ces patients, s’inquiète de l’aggravation de leur #solitude « déjà extrême ».

    https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2020/04/27/pour-les-exiles-le-confinement-peut-reveiller-des-images-traumatiques_603790
    #traumatisme #trauma #santé_mentale #asile #migrations #réfugiés #coronavirus #confinement #covid-19
    ping @isskein @karine4 @thomas_lacroix

  • Societal exit from lockdown/ Déconfinement sociétal /Maatschappelijke exit-strategie

    Apport d’expertises académiques / Inbreng van academische expertise / Contribution of academic expertise

    Preprint Version 1.1April 17, 2020

    https://07323a85-0336-4ddc-87e4-29e3b506f20c.filesusr.com/ugd/860626_731e3350ec1b4fcca4e9a3faedeca133.pdf

    cf. Coronavirus - Une centaine de chercheurs émettent dix recommandations pour le déconfinement
    https://www.lalibre.be/dernieres-depeches/belga/coronavirus-une-centaine-de-chercheurs-emettent-dix-recommandations-pour-le-

    #covid-19 #lockdown #belgique

  • A NOS CORPS DEFENDANTS - 2020 - 90 min - FR / ENG

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrHcc_rPacE

    Désarmons les
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    Durée : 90 min

    Année : 2019

    Réalisation : IanB

    Synopsis

    Ce film ne raconte pas une histoire. Il se veut une approche sensible et radicale des violences psychologiques et physiques infligées aux habitant·es des quartiers populaires par la police. Les récits prennent place dans la France des vingt dernières années, celle de l’après Sarkozy, et sont rapportés par les premier·e·s concerné·e·s : pas de sociologue, pas d’historien, pas de journalistes ni de storytelling. Juste la parole de celles et ceux qu’on voudrait voir silencieux·ses : Wassil Kraiker et ses parents Zohra et Abdelaziz, des jeunes d’Argenteuil, Amine Mansouri et son père Moustapha, Ali Alexis et son épouse, Ramata Dieng et Farid El Yamni…

    On y aborde la question de la domination, ou comment l’Etat traite les corps étrangers pour mieux les contrôler. Il est question de racisme, de torture et d’un combat vital pour la vérité. Les protagonistes de ce film n’avaient pas choisi de devenir un jour visibles, mais les violences systémiques en ont fait des combattant·e·s, à leurs corps défendants.

    Sur le réalisateur

    IanB est membre fondateur d’un collectif qui existe et se bat depuis 2012 contre les violences d’Etat, Désarmons-les ! Ce film, il l’a pensé à la fois comme une manière de clore un chapitre dans son combat personnel, une déclaration de guerre et un message sans concession à l’attention de celles et ceux qui oseraient encore nier le caractère systémique des violences policières.
    Contacts :

    Mail : ianb@riseup.net

    Twitter : @ianb_desarmons

    Site internet : https://volte-face.info/film-a-nos-corps-defendants

  • mai 2018, Infokiosque sur la #ZaD #NDDL : « Premiers secours émotionnels dans nos luttes »
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/valkphotos/49528343537

    Flickr

    « Premiers secours émotionnels dans nos luttes »
    –> texte complet : https://nantes.indymedia.org/articles/41154
    [archive : http://archive.is/G0Tkc ]

    Lire aussi les témoignages ultérieurs sur les traumatismes post-manif :

    « Des blessures qu’on ne saurait nommer »
    https://paris-luttes.info/des-blessures-qu-on-ne-saurait-13461
    [archive : http://archive.is/9jgan ]

    « Blessures invisibles, les impensées de la répression »
    https://www.lemediatv.fr/articles/enquetes/blessures-invisibles-les-impensees-de-la-repression-1d50ABMoRdSbuJTotFd9Pw
    [archive : http://archive.is/4eqUx ]

    ValK. a posté une photo : « > » />

    Zone a Defendre de Notre-Dame-des-Landes, le 28 mai 2018.
    + plus d’infos : https://zad.nadir.org
    + plus de photos : https://www.flickr.com/photos/valkphotos/collections/72157632092797423
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    #Photo : ValK.
    En voir +> https://frama.link/valk
    Soutenir +> https://liberapay.com/ValK

    #traumatismes #soins #syndromes_post-traumatiques #violences_policieres #maintien_de_l'ordre

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

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


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

  • Garde à vue
    https://lundi.am/Garde-a-vue

    Emilie Rolquin est étudiante en école d’animation. Le 8 décembre 2018, elle fait partie des 974 personnes placées en garde à vue à Paris à l’occasion de l’acte 4 des Gilets jaunes. Ces 24 heures de privation de liberté, les cellules sales, sa rencontre avec la police, c’est tout cela qu’elle raconte admirablement dans ce petit film d’animation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4fnRmLzH8E

  • Forte hausse des blessures aux yeux par LBD depuis les gilets jaunes
    01/11/2019 21:01 | Le Huffington Post
    https://www.huffingtonpost.fr/entry/forte-hausse-des-blessures-aux-yeux-par-lbd-depuis-les-gilets-jaunes_

    POLICE - Le nombre de blessures oculaires suspectées d’avoir été causées par les lanceurs de balle de défense (LBD) est en forte hausse depuis la crise des gilets jaunes, relève une étude menée auprès des CHU de France et publiée dans la revue médicale britannique The Lancet.

    Les auteurs de l’étude “blessures oculaires causées par des armes non-létales en France” ont fait parvenir une “enquête rétrospective” à tous les CHU de France, où sont traités les patients les plus gravement atteints, pour recenser les cas suspectés de blessures oculaires par LBD, sur la période allant de février 2016 à août 2019.

    Les auteurs, médecins et chercheurs français, soulignent que la législation ne prévoit pas de collecte de données systématique sur les blessures causées par ces armes, utilisées notamment pour le maintien de l’ordre.

    Deux cas sont recensés en 2016, un en 2017, mais 25 en 2018 -année du début de la crise des gilets jaunes- et 15 sur la période étudiée de 2019. (...)

    #violences_policières #traumatismes

  • Prenez deux heures de votre temps, particulièrement si vous n’allez pas assister à une rencontre, pour écouter David Dufresne ET TOUTES LES PERSONNES qui témoignent autour de de son livre-catharsis. Vraiment. C’est important. Ces paroles sont trop rares médiatiquement pour passer à côté.
    https://youtu.be/9thxFSCXLMY


    https://invidio.us/watch?v=9thxFSCXLMY

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    .
    Ça me questionne d’ailleurs pas mal sur le choix de #Mediacité #Nantes d’inviter un « représentant des forces de l’ordre » pour la rencontre du 6 novembre (https://44.demosphere.net/rv/4149 ) : il est clair que certain-e-s personnes traumatisé-e-s ne pourront pas venir dans un telle configuration, et dieu sait s’il y en a, des traumas, dans cette ville...

    #maintien_de_l'ordre #violences_policières #violences_judiciaires #traumatismes @davduf

  • #Nantes Gilets jaunes : témoignages d’Adrien et Alexandra, victimes de violences policières
    Par Christophe Turgis
    https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/pays-de-la-loire/loire-atlantique/nantes/dossier-gilets-jaunes-temoignages-adrien-alexandra-vict

    L’annonce tourne en boucle sur les réseaux sociaux depuis le début de l’été. Ce samedi 14 septembre, les Gilets jaunes veulent se retrouver à Nantes pour une manifestation nationale. Adrien n’en sera pas, Alexandra si... tous deux ont été gravement blessés lors de précédentes manifestations.

    Un long témoignage de Adrien n’est disponible que sur facebook, hélas.
    https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=513747356026651
    C’est un vrai problème pour sa diffusion plus large...
    Pour celleux qui veulent comprendre de quoi témoigne Adrien, à quoi il a survécu c’est le signalement 197 de @davduf : https://twitter.com/search?q=signalement%20nantes%20%40davduf%20197&src=typed_query&f=live #violences_policières #maintien_de_l'ordre #traumatisme

  • Scars and trauma run deep for Eritrean refugees

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

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

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

    A small number manage to escape.

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

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

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

    Last month, I finally met him in person.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

  • #Exit

    #Karen_Winther est passée d’un extrême à l’autre : membre d’un groupe de la gauche radicale à l’adolescence, elle a ensuite viré de bord pour rejoindre la mouvance néonazie. Après avoir définitivement rompu avec l’extrémisme, la réalisatrice norvégienne, encore hantée par son passé violent, est allée à la rencontre de personnes du monde entier qui, après avoir connu une « déradicalisation » similaire, ont souhaité témoigner de leur parcours. En Floride, Angela, ex-membre de l’organisation d’extrême droite Aryan Nations, passée par la case prison, s’engage aujourd’hui pour prévenir ces dérives. Manuel, l’un des anciens visages du mouvement néonazi allemand, vit aujourd’hui reclus pour sa propre sécurité. Quant au Français David, hier aspirant djihadiste de l’État islamique, il a quitté la mouvance après sa sortie de prison. Comment ces personnes d’horizons divers ont-elles réussi à tourner la page ? Un documentaire intimiste qui met en lumière les racines de leurs engagements, mais aussi les soutiens et les perspectives qui les ont aidées à s’en détourner.


    http://www.film-documentaire.fr/4DACTION/w_fiche_film/55267_1

    #David_Vallat, ex-djihadiste :

    « On pense que la violence, l’usage de la #violence peut changer les choses, mais à partir du moment où vous l’utilisez c’est la violence qui vous change parce vous changez le regard sur le monde »

    #film #documentaire #extrême_droite #néo-nazis #haine #Ingo_Hasselbach #témoignage #honte #peur #Tore_Bjørg (chercheur sur la police) #djihadisme #GIA #groupe_islamiste_armé #Exit (association) #idéologie #vide #Life_after_hate (association) #colère #viol #traumatisme #pardon #culpabilité #radicalisation

  • Les #Antilles_françaises enchaînées à l’#esclavage.

    Le système criminel de la traite et de l’esclavage a permis à la #France de devenir au XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles l’une des toutes premières puissances mondiales. Surtout, l’esclavage a déterminé une nouvelle #hiérarchie_socio-raciale et participé à la fondation de l’#économie_capitaliste. Une #histoire mondiale, centrale, souffrant de nombreux poncifs, qui reste donc étrangement méconnue.

    Ainsi, aujourd’hui, comment les enfants de la colonisation et de la #traite ne considéreraient-ils pas comme une injustice le traitement que la France réserve à leur histoire - notre histoire commune ? A fortiori lorsqu’ils sont parmi les premières victimes de l’#exclusion_sociale...

    Cette série enregistrée aux Antilles (#Guadeloupe et #Martinique) dévoile les travaux les plus récents et contre quelques idées reçues sur une histoire ô combien complexe.

    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/series/les-antilles-francaises-enchainees-a-lesclavage
    #colonisation #colonialisme #Haïti #capitalisme #racisme #races

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    Reportage radio en 4 épisodes :
    Au nom du #sucre, crimes et profits

    « Vous connaissez l’espérance de vie d’un esclave ? 35 ans... » René Bélénus, historien. Comment l’économie sucrière insulaire produit une société esclavagiste.

    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/lsd-la-serie-documentaire/les-antilles-francaises-enchainees-a-lesclavage-14-au-nom-du-sucre-cri
    #plantation #plantations

    Entre deux #abolitions (1794-1848) : l’#émancipation des #esclaves

    « L’#abolition de #1794 est une #fausse_abolition » René Bélénus, historien. De 1794 à 1848, récit d’un long processus d’abolition.

    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/lsd-la-serie-documentaire/les-antilles-francaises-enchainees-a-lesclavage-24-entre-deux-abolitio

    Un passé qui ne passe pas

    « Nous avons l’impression d’emmerder les Français avec notre histoire... » Jacqueline Jacqueray, présidente du #Comité_International_des_Peuples_Noirs. Malgré la politique de l’#assimilation, le #traumatisme de l’esclavage perdure.

    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/lsd-la-serie-documentaire/les-antilles-francaises-enchainees-a-lesclavage-34-un-passe-qui-ne-pas

    #Chlordecone, un polluant néocolonial

    « Nous sommes dans l’assimilation pure et dure » Isbert Calvados. Quand le chlordecone contraint à l’abandon de sa culture d’origine.

    https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/lsd-la-serie-documentaire/les-antilles-francaises-enchainees-a-lesclavage-44-chlordecone-un-poll
    #néo-colonialisme #pesticides #industrie_agro-alimentaire #agriculture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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