Blog created by the IRCT (International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims) – a global organisation with a membership of more than 140 rehabilitation centres in over 70 countries and with over 25 years' experience - to keep the fight against torture high on the global agenda.
You were new in my country. Your lawyer brought you to see me. In his suit, he was flustered. He spoke to you in your language and motioned to me. There, he seemed to say, she is a woman. You can talk to her. I made tea.
The three of us sat in donated chairs at a child size table. He did the talking. He told me the story of your day in court. How you cried and could not answer the questions: “What happened when you were interrogated for the second time?” You could not say. Listening on your little chair, you looked down at your hands. You curled