Lately there has been much to do about Trump’s policies regarding refugee children, that separates children from their parents and puts them into prison. This policy is outrageous. But refugee children in the Netherlands get treated heartless and cruel by the authorities too. And like in the United States, this is a deliberate policy. To draw attention to the situation of refugee children,Geen Kind aan de Kant (No Child on the Side) organizes a demonstration in Katwijk on the 29th of September.
The situation in the Netherlands
Some one thousand refugee children are living with their parents in so called ‘family locations.’ The facilities in these family locations are harsh: very small rooms, very low living money, inadequate medical help, strict rules and absurd fines wherein families regularly get cut on their living money. The police regularly raids the family locations early in the morning to transfer families to the family prison in Camp Zeist, the last stage before deportation. In this way children grow up in a constant fear to get deported to a country that they barely know or don’t know at all. On top of that, families regularly get transferred to other family locations. The Netherlands has thus developed an inhumane policy for refugee children that violates the Convention on the Rights of the Childon a daily basis.
Demonstration in Katwijk
With this demonstration in Katwijk we want to fight for a just treatment of refugee children and put an end to police raids and the subsequent deportations. We demand an unconditional Children’s Pardon, so that refugee children no longer get torn from the life here in the Netherlands, that they’ve build with so much effort. Above all we want to support families that are living in ‘family locations’ and show them that they are not alone in their struggle.
We’ve organised a demonstration in Katwijk before. Check out the reports from this demonstration for inspiration, for instance the photos. In the period to come we will organise several information evenings/afternoons to inform people of the horrible situation of refugee children in the Netherlands.
The demonstration in Katwijk will take place on the 29th of September at 14:00. More information about the program and route will follow soon, but make sure to write down the date in your agenda!
Demonstrations can be long and boring. Therefore we are trying to organise a nice program with speakers and other activities. We will also regularly stop for a glass of lemonade and cookies so we can all take a rest! Let’s keep it fun!
The demonstration will start at 14:00, we gather at the field behind the busstop Molentuinweg, at the Hyacintstraat.
We’ll start with a speech about the structural problems of the Dutch asylum system concerning families with children.
Afterwards we will walk together to the Municipality house of Katwijk.
For people who will come later: we expect to arrive at the municipality house (Koningin Julianalaan 3) around 15:30. At that place two refugees will tell their story and we will have space for other children to tell something.
Afterwards we will walk together to the ‘family location’ of Katwijk. We will end there with music, lemonade and cookies!
Bring your banners, boards and loud voice with you!
One of the most important things we do, is to make more people aware about the situation that refugeechildren in the Netherlands live in. We take the upcoming demonstration in Katwijk as an opportunity to organise several information evenings in different cities. We will talk about life in the family locations, the procedures, contacts with the DT&V, IND and COA etc. In some cases it will be possible for refugee children to talk about their story.
Unfortunately we cannot split ourselves in a hundred people, so it is possible we cannot come to your town. If you would like an information evening to take place in your town before or after the demonstration in Katwijk, please invite us! We can help you set up your own information evening, provide materials or in some cases we can even come ourselves.
Below you can find the confirmed information evenings:
5 september 2018: Emmen
6 september 2018: Den Haag, Boekwinkel Opstand (Beatrijsstraat 12)
12 september 2018: Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger (Piet Heinkade 179)
13 september 2018: Amersfoort, de Rooie Cent (Hooglandseweg-Zuid 34A)
14 september 2018: Amsterdam, NieuwLand (Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93)