Freedom from Torture - "Freedom" - a poem by a DRC torture survivor

"Freedom" - a poem by a DRC torture survivor

Tim, a member of Write To Life, shares the impact detention and torture in the Democratic Republic of Congo has had on him in this moving poem.

Write to Life is a powerful form of activism supporting survivors of torture to rediscover their voice through poetry and performance. Like Tim, members write about memories of countries they were forced to flee and challenges they face as they adjust to life in the UK.

Freedom by Tim Malmo

When I was still confined there,

I was weighed down with hopeless desire

 

I was a man who had lost both his freedom and

His identity. My life stunted by the space that boxed me in.

 

So what did they do? They convinced me I was finished.

They made me feel inferior, less than myself. Not as other people are.

 

But now I am here, where milk and honey flow.

And how does it feel?

I feel inferior, less than myself. Not as other people are.

 

Here too I am stunted.

I have no space to grow into freedom

No freedom to move forward into life.

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