Losing myself: An artistic interpretation of unaccompanied migrant children who went "missing"
Missing Children Europe, together with photographer Natalie Hill, InBetween gallery and the Minor-Ndako reception centre for migrant children will showcase the real stories and experiences of unaccompanied migrant children who go “missing” at the InBetween gallery between the 3rd of December, 2014 until the 11th of January, 2015.
12.430 asylum applications were submitted by unaccompanied children in the EU in 2013. 1.095 of these applications were submitted by applicants less than 14 years old. Many of these children have lost their homes, are escaping violence, poverty or disaster. Often beginning their journeys with parents or siblings many children are in fact intentionally separated from family members and taken by child traffickers or smugglers. Other children leave their home on their own initiative, fleeing a situation of abuse or exploitation. Some go missing from the reception centre in which they have been placed with a specific migration plan in mind, or run away from the fear of being brought back to the situation they tried to escape when beginning their journey. Others fall victim to kidnapping, trafficking, sexual exploitation, economic exploitation, including forced donation of organs, forced drug smuggling and begging. A worrying number of these children who disappear are never found again. 60% of unaccompanied migrant children in UK social care centres go missing and are never found (British Asylum Screening Unit). Up to half of the unaccompanied migrant children placed in reception centres in In Switzerland, France, Belgium and Spain vanish yearly from certain reception centres, many in the first 48 hours after being admitted (Terre des Hommes, 2010).
This one of a kind exhibition will use a blend of photography and sound produced together with 4 unaccompanied migrant children to bring to life the "going missing" experiences of these children. This exhibition is open to the public.
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