2018 Photo Contest, People, Singles, 1st prize

Resignation Syndrome

Photographer

Magnus Wennman

The New Yorker

02 March, 2017

Djeneta (right) has been bedridden and unresponsive for two-and-a-half years, and her sister Ibadeta for more than six months, with uppgivenhetssyndrom (resignation syndrome), in Horndal, Sweden.

Djeneta and Ibadeta are Roma refugees, from Kosovo. Resignation syndrome (RS) renders patients passive, immobile, mute, unable to eat and drink, incontinent and unresponsive to physical stimulus. It is a condition believed to exist only amongst refugees in Sweden. The causes are unclear, but most professionals agree that trauma is a primary contributor, alongside a reaction to stress and depression. It is also not clear why cases are found exclusively in Sweden. RS has so far affected only refugees aged seven to 19, and mainly those from ex-Soviet countries or the former Yugoslavia. For many, the syndrome is triggered by having a residence application rejected. Granting residence to families of sufferers is often cited as a cure.

About

Magnus Wennman

Magnus has worked in more than 80 countries, covering everything from the US election to the refugee crisis in Africa, Middle East and Europe. The five-times Photojournalist of ...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/160
Focal length
45.0 mm
F-Stop
2.8
ISO
800

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