In Lebanon, the despair of refugees forced by conflict to flee their homes in neighbouring Syria is all-consuming. They have found shelter wherever they can – in makeshift camps beside rubbish dumps or bedding down in disused factories – but yearn for the lives they have been forced to abandon.
Mbungu Nlandu Ange lost his wife and children and his freedom when his village of Makombo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was attacked by men in army uniforms. That night, 321 people were brutally killed and another 250 were made captive to walk in a human herd in the African jungle for two months.
These were the astonishing words uttered by Israel’s interior minister Eli Yishai in an interview recently in which he outlined the Israeli government’s view of African migrants.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is commonly associated with soldiers traumatised by war, but civilians also live with this harrowing mental condition.
In the comfort of my lounge and slippers in London, I picked up my mobile phone and dialled a number in Copenhagen and within seconds I was talking to David Mikkelsen.
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