I applaud the work of Charles and the other authors of this paper in taking such an important step to support the children and their parents who have been so severely affected by separation and detention at the US border. The paper is important for showing up another grave fault in the US Presidential regime over the last four years which has to be rectified, as well as demonstrating to all governments which are detaining children apart from their parents that such acts may also amount to torture.
It will be enlightening to hear the response of the relevant US authorities to the findings of this paper.
CHIFA profile: Tony Waterston is a retired consultant paediatrician who worked mainly in the community in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He spent 6 years working in Zambia and Zimbabwe and directed the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Diploma in Palestinian Child Health teaching programme in the occupied Palestinian territories. He was an Editor of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics and is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Social Pediatrics. His academic interests are child poverty, advocacy for child health and children's rights. He is currently the lead moderator of CHIFA www.chifa.org He is also a member of the HIFA Steering Group.
Tony.Waterston AT newcastle.ac.uk