Freedom from Torture - Rohan Jayasekera is running the London Marathon for Freedom from Torture

Rohan Jayasekera is running the London Marathon for Freedom from Torture

Rohan Jayasekera, a writer and journalist who has worked for Index on Censorship and The Institute for War and Peace Reporting, is running the London marathon for Freedom from Torture.

Rohan is Chair of Freedom from Torture East Sussex Supporters Group and has taken part in many campaigns for asylum seekers and refugees. He says:

I had friends who had benefited from Freedom from Torture’s therapy. I have other friends at risk of torture in Turkey and Bahrain, and of course I have my own experiences of interrogation and mental and physical assault. So I leapt at the chance to help.

Although he was a keen half-marathoner, this is his first marathon. He started running again to build up strength in his left leg, weakened after an operation, and has had to manage some injury. He trains every day alternating between full runs, a mixture of walk and run, or a plain power walk. He accomplished a half-marathon in March but since then the tendonitis and pains in the arches have really kicked in.
One definite benefit is the resulting weight loss – over a stone and a half since upping the training in March. Another is catching up with podcasts – mostly about media and technology, but he loves Fi Glover & Jane Garvey’s brilliantly witty ‘Fortunately’ podcast which makes him laugh even when he doesn’t feel like it. Rohan aims to raise £2,500 and is already well on the way to reaching his target.
As a prolific writer, Rohan is especially drawn to our Write to Life programme, the UK’s longest-running refugee writer’s group, and the only one specifically catering to survivors of torture.
He writes:

Write to Life mentors help survivors overcome their trauma by revisiting the most awful hours of their lives and through writing, come to terms with their experience. Friends – journalists and human rights activists - have personally benefited from the group’s work. Today their lives are almost complete again.

You can support Rohan's fundraising effort by donating to his VirginMoney page here

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