Dutch news in brief – 4 February

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4 February 2004 , Alarm raised over problem families

4 February 2004

Alarm raised over problem families

Almost one million children under the age of 12 are growing up in a family in which a parent has a psychiatric illness or is addicted to drugs. The same applies to 500,000 young people aged between 12 and 22, the Trimbos-instituut for addition said on Wednesday. It said 1.6 million children are confronted sudden bursts of rage from an alcoholic parent or compulsive disorder or depression of a parent who is mentally ill. The institute said one in three children growing up in such families also develop problems. It has launched a publicity campaign to alert the public to the problem.

Russian family demands return of artworks 

The family of a deceased Russian artist, Kazimir Malevich, are suing Amsterdam to recover 14 of his paintings. The heirs claim the council of the Dutch capital illegally bought the artworks for a pittance in 1950. The paintings are now estimated to be worth USD 150 million. The case has been taken to a court in the US, where the family claims the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam should hand back the 14 paintings. Kazimir Malevich is known as one of the earliest abstract artists. The legal action is now in the hands of lawyers.

Arrests over Rotterdam triple murder

Police claim a German drugs gang is behind a recent Rotterdam triple murder. Six suspects have been arrested in Germany in connection with five deaths, including the three Rotterdam murders, and one suspect is still at large. Two men aged 20 and 26 are suspected of having carried out the triple murder. Police believe the motive was a conflict over drugs. Three men aged 21, 22 and 28 were discovered dead in a Rotterdam house on 17 January.

A new twist on dangerous post

A 22-year-old Rotterdam woman was freed at about 3.30am on Wednesday from an awkward and possibly embarrassing situation. The woman's hand had become jammed in the post box of her house on the Rederserf when she enthusiastically waved a final goodbye to her girlfriend. It took a significant amount of levering and wriggling before police finally managed to help free the woman.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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