Although it seems unreal, hundreds of children in the Netherlands have to deal with police raids every week. They are the children in the family locations. This is why ‘No child to the side’ organizes two demonstration tours on 21-22 May and 28-29 May.
Little is known about it, but over a thousand refugee children and their parents live in so-called ‘family locations’ in the Netherlands, under the constant threat of forced return: weekly, several families are taken by the border police before dawn, transferred to the family prison at Kamp Zeist and deported to their countries of origin.
Arrests, detention, forced return and the disappearance of their peers and friends: all of these are extremely traumatizing experiences for the children and the adolescents at the family locations.
‘Geen kind aan de kant!’ (No child on the side!) is campaigning together with the refugees at the family locations for an honest and unconditional Children’s Amnesty Regulation (the ‘Kinderpardon’) and the stopping of arrests, detention and forced return.
On Wednesday the 20th of April there will be an information evening on what exactly is happening at the family locations and the campaign of ‘Geen kind aan de kant!’, at the Klinker, starting at 8pm after soup café.