I want to scream.
Hearing the plaintiff crying of these children makes me want to scream.
Hearing the lies perpetrated by Trump and his heartless enablers on an hourly basis makes me want to howl.
Feeling helpless at the sight of youngsters languishing in cages makes me want to cry out.
What are we doing to these immigrant children cruelly taken from their parents who are seeking asylum?
The screaming will die down in time but the impact of this unspeakable trauma will be long-lasting.
As someone who has experienced early childhood trauma I know this to be true. I can attest to the psychological and physical effects experienced decades later.
Even those too young to understand will not be spared. Perhaps especially those too young to understand.
If someone thinks a toddler is be too young to remember this trauma they are mistaken. The 2-year-old too young to comprehend, is not too young to remember the fear. It will imprint and alter their brain and body chemistry and ultimately their behavior.
We know the immune system, neurological, endocrine are all affected. I have lived this.
This is irreparable damage being done to these children.
Pediatricians, psychologists and health experts all strongly oppose Trumps Draconian border crossing policy.
Speaking to Harvard Medical School professor Charles Nelson, The Washington Post explained :
This is what happens inside children when they are forcibly separated from their parents.
Their heart rate goes up. Their body releases a flood of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Those stress hormones can start killing off dendrites — the little branches in brain cells that transmit messages. In time, the stress can start killing off neurons and — especially in young children — wreaking dramatic and long-term damage, both psychologically and to the physical structure of the brain.
The effect is catastrophic.
Suffer the Little Children
The 3-year-old terrified, cries for his papi will never forget
The 6-year-old with night terrors and no one to comfort and hold her will never forget
The 8-year-old feeling forsaken, desolate and confused will never forget
The panic-stricken 7-year-old looking for his mother will never forget.
The 12-year-old feeling abandoned, isolated and fearful will never forget.
The 17-year-old feeling afraid and angry… will never forget.
These children will never forget
And neither shall we.
We must never forget we are Americans and have zero tolerance for this policy.
Now is the time for all of us to scream.
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