The psychological ignorance of Children’s Rights campaigns

This blog post was “inspired” by the soul-crushing videos by Save The Children, World Vision and UNICEF.

It can not continue, it is said so often, yet no one faces the fact that is more clear than ever, which should be visible to any children rights and human rights advocate and activist:
The moment someone is born, they were blessed with the right of life, it is not ours to take that away of anyone.

This is the video of Save The Children that crushed my soul today,
It didn’t only give me the natural response of crying, but it made me sick that I even had to throw up.
This is actually also one of the reasons why I don’t like Save The Children myself, as they are too to the point, forgetting the effects they do to children BY their campaigns…
I got brought to my own trauma by this single video, to the things I rather forgot and actually blocked out of my memory…
It is there where it shows why I truly dislike Save The Children, they are good to the ones who they target to help, but forget the others…

Yet, it is not only Save The Children.
This video was part of UNICEF their campaigns last year.

This one didn’t do much to me, but it did to someone close to me. (In respect of his or her privacy I won’t reveal who.)
It was to him/her not because of the effects of conflict they clearly showed, but the last part of the video,
Most do not really know how it to abandoned and will not recognize what is seen at the last scene, but those who experienced it clearly do.

And still there remains my probable biggest support through social media accounts.
World Vision unlike the other 2 focuses on positivism, it is why they get my support so much, as there is too much sadness, too little happiness happening…
Yet, they should stick probably with the positive attitude…
This is from one of World Vision their campaigns last year.

They are the ones that are fully explainable why I wrote this, the psychology behind the videos.
In short this shows that most will take things they shouldn’t when they would have to leave, while refugees couldn’t take anything.
The problem is there to me for the fact they also focus on the fact children take things they should not and could not take with them, without any true explaining.
It wouldn’t be understandable by most children and youth how that really is, and it could feel like an attack on them when they would take these things,
especially as there basically is a true need for children who are offended to get explaining instantly about this video, and most often these videos are broadcasted at TV…

Almost all charities are run by adults, adults who most probably have the best wishes for all children.
The sad part is the fact they can’t truly put themselves in children’s and youth’s shoes and understand the emotion behind certain things.
For adults to help, they need full focused and full frontal visual stimulant to understand, otherwise they act like nothing is happening, as it is a made-up story.
For children and youth it is all what they want to see, and can cause psychological damage to even see some of the campaign videos…

These videos are made to support children and youth, but they have 2 sides, and in the end, these campaigns are often not truly in support of children and youth, but adults themselves.
Change should come, safety should be there, yet the true target of the campaigns are not even targeted by any campaign I see come by at most charities, Governments and Companies.
Companies and governments are the ones who fuel the need of these videos, and yet, they are the ones that get away…

  1. HB

    Hi Elena,

    first of all I wanna say: I feel a lot of respect for you, your insights and engagement especially in regard to your age since you are as young as I am old.

    To my opinion you are very right when you see that adults are not realy able to feel what are children’s feelings, pains and sorrows of soul; but the same is true when, for example, black migrants get mental health services from white Psychoanalysts – it doesn’t fit. In this case not for their age but for their very different cultural background and identity. And in similar ways very very often things don’t fit.

    In short: the main problem with this world is, there is no much respect for the personal or cultural individuality and identity of humans. There is often even no much respect for life in general!

    In this world, as it is in these days, humans are more often seen as humancapital, cheap workforce, costly or dangerous problem (too strong, old, ill, young, to much independence, self-confidence and self-esteem etc etc) than as individuum – each with very special biography, talents, potentials, and tasks for life and each of them worth to listen to, cooperate with and have love for.

    What we urgently need in this world is RESPECT FOR LIFE; it doesn’t matter whether it’s a worm, a flower, a bird, a cat or dog, a child, a woman or a man, healthy or ill – young or old , black or white, african or european, refugee or wellknown citizen or the president or his gardener. Respect for each organism’s life!


    So I feel you are very right in what you are doing.

    Take care of yourself.
    My best wishes for you, your life and work!

  2. anon

    The videos of these organizations are mere fundraisers. They are made by the adults FOR the adults. Their goal is to bring donations that keep the staff employed. Any real services to children will be accidental.

    Save, World Vision, Global Partnership for Education and others all operate the same way. First and foremost they use the donations to pay their staff. And the staff gets paid well! they need international travel, typically business class. The proceeds are also often used for conferences often to exotic places, where more adults fly business class to talk about the pain of children.

    If they had any good intentions, they would deal with cognitive science and the neuroscience related to post-traumatic situations. But none of their staff have any clues about such research! Why? because they really don’t provide direct services. And their donors don’t know enough or don’t care to demand scientific knowledge for efficient delivery.

    How much are you willing to donate to these organizations?

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