“Imagine a 5, 6, 7-year-old child being arrested. The impact of the child—even if he is eighteen—is very big. The child, his mother, his father, his sisters and brothers, even the neighbors are affected.” -Sahar Boudon, Deputy Director of the Madaa Creative Center
The Madaa Creative Center in Silwan, East Jerusalem created a team to help children who’ve been arrested and their families. The team is made up of a lawyer to advocate for the child through the entire legal process; a psychologist to work closely with the child and his family; an Activities Coordinator to engage him in community activities with peers, and make sure he returns to school; as well as a researcher and videographer to document the arrests for evidence and advocacy efforts.
Children and Families Face Multiple Threats
Children are usually arrested at home during the night and taken away alone. They are handcuffed, blindfolded or interrogated without representation, subjected to physical, psychological and sexual abuse. Many children who have been arrested subsequently experience bedwetting, nightmares, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight loss and behavior problems like withdrawing or being aggressive. Their academic performance suffers, and many children drop out of school.
Location: Silwan, East Jerusalem, Palestine
Project Partner: Madaa Silwan Creative Center
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