OUR OPINION: Refugee children need involvement for early trauma

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Richard Lobor’s relatives came to Maine from Sudan since they wanted a better life for their children. But after 11 years in a U.S. — 5 of that he spent in a Maine State Prison for armed spoliation — Lobor was shot and killed on Nov. 21. At a time of his death, he was only 23.

As a child in a war-torn country, Lobor was unprotected early to a turn of assault that can derail a immature person’s growth for years to come. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of other interloper children in a U.S. expected have had identical experiences. And there will be a disastrous impact on all of us — children, families and communities — until we as a multitude dedicate to noticing and mitigating a impact of mishap on a immature interloper victims.

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Sitting in a family’s home in Portland on Dec. 9, Robert Lobor and Christina Marring reason an Apr 2014 sketch of their son, Richard Lobor, who was shot to genocide in Portland recently. Like many refugees, Lobor was unprotected to mishap as a child.Sitting in a family’s home in Portland on Dec. 9, Robert Lobor and Christina Marring reason an Apr 2014 sketch of their son, Richard Lobor, who was shot to genocide in Portland recently. Like many refugees, Lobor was unprotected to mishap as a child.

The fallout from early mishap is clear in a all-too-short life story of Lobor, who came here during 12 with his family from a republic tormented by biased strife. There were clashes between Sudanese rebels and supervision forces; people were executed if their allegiances were in doubt.

Research has shown that interloper children come here with a lot of a symptoms of post-traumatic highlight disorder: anxiety, depression, flashbacks and an inability to concentrate. Early dire practice also have been linked to propagandize failure, drug abuse, anti-social function and a bent to besiege oneself.

Lobor excelled as a tyro and an contestant during his early years in Maine yet was a uneasy teenager. And a graver consequences of childhood mishap victimization are clear from Lobor’s rapist record — his story of youthful offenses along with a armed spoliation assign on that he was attempted as an adult. Youths who declare assault are some-more expected than others to act aggressively, studies show. In fact, during slightest 75 percent of a children in a youthful probity complement have been unprotected to trauma.

Intervention can and contingency take place before aggrieved interloper children act out — yet informative and denunciation barriers can make this difficult. Lewiston’s open schools have adopted one earnest approach: Project SHIFA, that emphasizes family and interloper village impasse in a diagnosis of interloper children.

Under this model, interloper village agencies strech out to relatives before any problems emerge, holding amicable events — such as a Ramadan tea — where families can hear about a significance of children’s romantic health to their success in school.

School-based girl groups concede interloper children a place to speak about what’s on their minds; since all English Language Learners are invited, no one interloper child is singled out as carrying “special needs.” A primogenitor advisory legislature meets frequently to examination a module and consider either it’s assisting their kids.

Refugee children have survived a lot in their immature lives. The traumas in their past will cloud their destiny unless a village helps these newcomers to Maine get a services they need to build a happy, prolific life here.


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