Coming Home

Coming home is a strange and fuzzy idea but a vital experience for individual and groups of humans.

I wrote about it 15 years ago in trying to understand the vicissitudes of Mehmet who ended up in my group therapy sessions while being deeply wounded by racist violence in the Dutch Army.

see for the article about Mehmet: Van Bekkum TO BELONG AND TO BE DIFFERENT Balancing Ethnic and National Loyalties in Male Adolescents.pdf 1999

see for the article about Mehmet: 2001 Bekkum Feisal in Conflicting Loyalties and Liminal Vulnerabilities in Male Adolescents oct 2014

Since I met him and other young men from Dutch migrant families I had to probe further and further what it means for humans to feel deeply safe, to come home and to belong.