The Medical Foundation is a human rights charity that works with survivors of torture and organised violence. Those seeking our help include, among others, former Far East prisoners of the Japanese in WWII and aid workers and journalists who have been caught up in tumultuous world events. However, the vast majority of our clients are people who have fled persecution in their countries of origin to arrive in the United Kingdom as asylum seekers. Our torture survivor clients experience the same difficulties in this country as other asylum seekers. Moreover, torture survivors may suffer especially because of past horror and present vulnerability. Some could die if returned to the country where they were tortured; others fear removal so much that they attempt to commit suicide here in the UK. There is much misinformation surrounding the issue of asylum, so here we examine some of the popular myths that adversely affect the well-being of asylum seekers, among whom are our clients.
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