Hasani's Holiday in YorkBlog - 6 November, 2012
It's time to wake up, the time is 3 o'clock. It's time to wake up, the time is 3 o'clock", the talking alarm announced, ruthlessly cutting short the sleep I was enjoying in the soft and comfortable bed.
Student life in London was brilliant, but as an asylum seeker, it was soul destroying Feature - 18 July, 2011
Ganan* arrived in the UK from Sri Lanka in 2009. Coming from a wealthy background with lots of security, independence and freedom he had lived in London before as a student. But this time it was different. This time he was 21 years old, traumatised and seeking protection.
A voice from Tehran's Evin PrisonFeature - 20 June, 2011
Ava* is a young woman who came to the UK at an early age having fled Iran. Having arrived at the age of 12 speaking no English and with serious health problems she says that "I felt like a stranger (when I arrived). I could not speak the language or understand the culture".
A lonely and dangerous journeyFeature - 15 June, 2011
'Painting makes me proud of myself. It allows me to express my thoughts, my feelings, my journey. I’d love to learn how to paint professionally one day.'
Making something of myselfFeature - 15 June, 2011
Eva* was 15 when she first arrived in the UK with her family. She did not know she was coming to England, she just knew they were fleeing Albania where some members of her family, including Eva, had been tortured. Eva herself was raped.
Graduation brings a new kind of frustrationFeature - 15 June, 2011
My name is Tim and I wrote the story, Worms in the Feet, as I was about to graduate from an MSc Computing degree.
The Refugee Diary Series News - 20 May, 2010
"These stories in The Refugee Diary Series need to be told and we, and the rest of the world, need to listen' ~ Armadillo Magazine. The MF (now Freedom from Torture) has collaborated on a series of books aimed at eight year olds which highlight the plight of refugee children who are forced to flee their homes. The Refugee Diaries are a beautifully illustrated and highly acclaimed series of four books, each telling the true story of a child who has sought and found sanctuary in the UK."
Mohammed's Journey - a child's story of survival News - 19 February, 2009
In a remarkable new series of books that give voice to the experiences of children fleeing conflict, a young client from the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (now Freedom from Torture) describes his journey from Iraq to the UK.
The true legacy of torture - stories of three survivorsNews - 23 June, 2008
Torturers would rather the voices of their victims remained unheard. Used as a weapon of oppression, fear and repressive control, torture claims the lives of thousands of people across the globe. Recounting the personal testimonies of those who manage to survive is a vital step in countering the damage inflicted by torturing regimes that would prefer to remain unaccountable. Here, to mark UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, on June 26 2008, we urge you to read the stories of three MF clients who escaped the brutality of their persecutors.
International Day in Support of Victims of TortureNews - 26 June, 2007
Today, June 26th, marks the 20th anniversary of the coming into force of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.