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As a result of wars, natural disasters, human trafficking, and immigration, millions of children are torn away from their parents worldwide. A psychologist looks into how they might benefit from recovery support. Millions of families are being torn apart by war, natural disasters, institutionalization, child trafficking, and unprecedented levels of domestic and international migration. Separation has been demonstrated to have detrimental effects on children. It is challenging to obtain precise numbers, in part because some of the topics discussed, such child trafficking and child soldiers, receive insufficient press coverage. What is certain is that there have never been as many people forced to leave their homes as there are today. 70.8 million people fled their homes due to armed conflicts, wars, and natural disasters in 2018. The fact that more than half of those engaged were under the age of 18 and that this is a new high suggests that an unprecedented number of children have been torn away from their parents. These instances typically lead to family separations. Global migration and violent conflict are increasingly influenced by climate change. Access to scarce resources is restricted by climate change, which also makes natural disasters like floods, droughts, crop failures, and famine worse. All of these factors intensify tensions, promote migration, and split families apart. This is a trend that will last for centuries; it is not a passing fad. Prior to World War II, psychoanalysts and thinkers like Anna Freud, John Bowlby, and Mary Ainsworth tried to pinpoint the mechanisms that would explain why these divisions are so harmful. Children evacuated from London in 1943 were the subject of an investigation by Anna Freud and Dorothy Burlingame, who found that being taken away from their mothers was frequently more traumatic than being subjected to air raids. When families departed from London but remained together, children behaved more or less normally. On the other hand, separated children exhibited acute trauma symptoms such bedwetting and protracted weeping.

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