Gold-coloured clothing will be spread out in the streets of Brussels on 7 and 8 May to draw public attention to some 10,000 migrant children missing in Europe since 2015. The project, named “Lost not Found” is an initiative of the Power of Art House collective. Supported by the Brussels municipal authorities and members of the European Parliament, it is being conducted deliberately in Brussels ahead of the European parliamentary elections in late May.
In a press release issued on Monday, Power of Art House urged Europe’s politicians to face up to their responsibilities with regard to the disappearance of refugee children and to make this problem one of the priorities of their political agendas.
According to Europol, a large number of the children may have fallen into the hands of criminal organisations that abuse minors. In the best of cases, the children have since been taken in by their families, but it is to be feared that many are being exploited by prostitution networks, the organisation said.
The gold-coloured children’s clothes will be left at four places in the Brussels’ City centre, thus forming a symbolic chain from Avenue Simon Bolivar, near to the Gare Bruxelles-Nord, where many refugees live, through the Place de la Monnaie, along the Carrefour de l’Europe, up to the Square De Meeûs, where the European Parliament is located.
Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said he fully supported the action, while liberal European parliamentarian Hilde Vautmans pledged to symbolically deposit one of the golden clothes in the parliament to draw the attention of European decision-makers to the issue.