Help Refugee Trauma!
Organized by: Sloan Johnson
A THANK YOU! for 2016 and a look ahead.
January 01, 2017
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Imagine having to suddenly flee your home, being driven from your country, where the violence had become unbearable. Then imagine the struggle to get somewhere, someplace safe, maybe losing loved ones, and family, along the way. Imagine that once you “landed” in this foreign place, instead of feeling secure, finally safe after the horrors of displacement, you were unwanted, neglected, deported, without concern and treated like a criminal instead of a victim. Refugees in exile don’t have to imagine these conditions. They live them. While the number of migrants is disputed, as many as 9,000* people may be living in a rat-infested camp of temporary shelters known as “The Calais Jungle.” Almost 900* of them are children (78% are unaccompanied). This settlement, near the entrance to the Eurotunnel and access to England, has sprung up on land that is also a dump, and is where that region has disposed of much of its asbestos.
I have decided to contribute what I can. In July, I will venture to Calais for a month and a half, bringing neurofeedback equipment (EEG and other types) and trauma protocols, to make a positive impact on the refugee population’s quality of life. In my 15 plus years of work as a neurotherapist, I have effectively treated returning war veterans and others suffering with anxiety, depression and trauma in the United States. I also ran a pop-up health clinic 2 months, each year, for 10 years, in a Buddhist monastery in Sikkim, northern India. The success I have seen doing this work gives me hope for alleviating trauma in the refugee population. I am reaching out to you, seeking donations to fund my endeavor. My belief in this cause is strong enough to compel me to sell my belongings, and get rid of my expenses and rented home. I have organized office space in Calais and am having some simple therapeutic equipment manufactured. I will need to purchase other equipment as well, some of which will be left there for continued use. If this situation touches you, as it does me, and if we act on our concerns, then I believe we can make a difference in the quality of the refugees’ unfortunate day to day lives. Anything and everything you give will be accepted with gratitude and put to compassionate use. Thank you.
* Numbers increase daily! There is an approximate 25% increase in the numbers each month.