The Swedish word uppgivenhetssyndrom sounds like what it is a syndrome in which kids have given up on life. That is what several hundred children and adolescents have done, literally checked out of the world for months or years. They go to bed and don not get up. They are unable to move, eat, drink, speak or respond. All of the victims of the disorder, sometimes called resignation syndrome, have been youngsters seeking asylum after a traumatic migration, mostly from former Soviet and Yugoslav states. And all of them live in Sweden.

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