The 24 year old Karina who has been suffering from Chronic fatigue syndrome for some year lived quietly at her parents’ home. She didn’t bother anyone. She was just trying to overcome one day after another with the support of her family and friends.
Then suddenly one day in February 2013 without warning 5 police officers raided the home and took her to a hospital where the doctors now will try to cure her believing that the diagnose she had for years must be wrong.
The court put a former police man in as her legal guardian and her family has been blocked from any contact to the young woman. Unlike Justina Pelletier Karina was a grown up woman acting and managing her life as a responsible adult – until the court decided otherwise.
Why would the state intervene when there was a diagnose set by other doctors and she didn’t bother anyone?
Because she bothered someone without knowing it! She was properly on welfare or in the process of getting it. If she was on it or she would get it the local authorities would be punished by the state. In Denmark it is not accepted to be out of work. Unemployed people and people on welfare must be punished!
If you travel around Denmark it is normal to see some people picking up trash. “Oh. They are doing community service. Wonder what crime they have committed” you think.
Their crime is to be unemployed! If you apply for welfare the local authorities will assign you to a work-crew where you will pick up dog droppings and other trash in the streets and parks.
“Work makes you free” is content of the sign I saw down at our local social services when I was down there to apply for a new passport in the neighboring office.
And there is some truth to it. If you have work you don’t have to meet social workers trying to find out if your work morale allows you to be a good parent or they should help your children to grow up at foster families where the parents work. If you have work you don’t have to worry every second when you have been in the system for two years and end up in the work crews picking up dog droppings.
Karina is by the system close to be considered a criminal protected by her diagnose. Not even in hospitals people can be safe. The social services have written several people on life-support asking them to disconnect themselves from the machines and come down to report on their progress seeking work.
That is why Karina is confined to a hospital without any contact to her social network of family and friends.
Today I am ashamed to call myself a Dane.
- Aktion Karina (Caremaker – in Danish language)
- Chronic fatigue syndrome (Wikipedia)
- Voldsomt: 5 betjente tvangsindlægger 24-årig (Ekstra Bladet – in Danish language)
- Politiet tog deres datter: Nu går de til landsretten (Ekstra Bladet – in Danish language)
- New Danish “Karina case” in North Jutland? (ME Association, Denmark)