to "Surviving Torture: Inside/Out
you are lucky enough, some would say unlucky enough, to survive being
tortured, what do you do next? How do you deal with memories that permeate
not just your brain but every pain-filled cell in your broken body?
In London, one institution, the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims
of Torture has developed methods for dealing with the aftermath of this
barbarity. It is not an easy process.
can tell a lot about regions of political instability around the world
by who turns up seeking care at the Medical Foundation. When Helen Bamber
set the institution up many clients came from Central and Latin America.
In the early 90's the Balkans provided huge numbers of clients. Now
the picture is more fragmented.
1999 the Medical Foundation treated 158 children under 18. Last year
that number had risen to 245. Many of the children arrive in Britain
unaccompanied. As with the adults, there is a political dimension to
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