Over the past 15 years, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden — many of them Roma or Uyghur — have fallen into coma-like states, often for long periods of time, when finding out their families faced deportation. Called uppgivenhetssyndrom
, or resignation syndrome (or, more loosely, apathy), this illness is specific to Sweden. Writer Rachel Aviv
(also featured in #76
) is excellent again in this haunting piece.