Posted on 14 February 2011
Dolphin therapy in Turkey for abused European kids
Three Luxembourg children who were subjected to violence in their families and sent to childcare centers by the state will receive dolphin therapy in Antalya.
The first visitors to the Antalya Dolphin Therapy Center are three children who were badly treated and subjected to abuse by their own parents. A dozen more abused children are also on their way to Antalya to receive the therapy. Luxembourg, which took the minors from their homes and placed them in childcare centers, has sent them to the Turkish Mediterranean resort town for the treatment.
The two 8-year-olds and one 12-year-old will swim with dolphins under the guidance of trainers and therapists, including psychotherapist Dr. Murat Kemaloglu.
The parents who abused these children displayed psychopathic behavior, Kemaloglu said, adding, “If these children do not receive therapy, they would be individuals like their parents.” According to Kemaloglu, the center will soon receive 12 more children for treatment, and the first three participants are expected to return in September. “We are just trying to show these kids the beautiful side of life with dolphin therapy,” he said.
Hurriyet 13 April 2009 (abridged)