Authors: Prof. Dr. Mirjam van Reisen, Taha Al-Qasim, Carlotta Zanzottera, Rick Schoenmaeckers

Editors: Rick Schoenmaeckers and Klara Smits

Year: May, 2018

Publisher: Tilburg University, EEPA, Nidos 

Language: English

Trust and the Triggers of Trauma: Exploring Experiences of Trust between Eritrean Unaccompanied Minors and their caregivers in The Netherlands


Trust presents a problem in the efforts to offer maximum protection to Unaccompanied Minors of Eritrea. This report investigates this situation in The Netherlands, for the organization charged with guardianship of unaccompanied minors, the Nidos Foundation.


The research was carried out in the framework of a broader programme, identifying critical elements to help increase resilience among Unaccompanied Minors of Eritrea. The research focuses on the high incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress in relation to the lack of trust between Unaccompanied Minors of Eritrea and their caregivers.


The purpose of this report is to present the findings and the conclusions that were drawn as well as a set of practical recommendations.