After leaving university he became a tourist guide.
Five years ago, while escorting a tourist group he was the victim of an attack by a group of soldiers who killed several of the tourists and his fellow guides.
He was able to escape and suffered transient sleep disturbance and nightmares which resolved over several months.
In 2004 he was arrested by soldiers whom he recognised as involved in the original attack. He was detained, interrogated, kicked and beaten and forced to bury the bodies of dead soldiers.
After escaping he fled to the UK where he claimed asylum and was immediately detained.
Within 3 months he was given a removal date.
He tried to hang himself in detention because ‘it would be better to take my life in a simple way than to be tortured’.
He continued to have nightmares of seeing dead soldiers in detention.
He was bailed and while on bail formed a long term relationship with an Englishwoman by whom he had a daughter.
On Christmas Eve 2006 he was again detained.
A week later he took a serious overdose in detention.
When I saw him his symptoms fulfilled the criteria both for depression and for post-traumatic stress disorder.
Following a fresh bail application invoking my psychiatric report he was released, shortly after which he and his partner were married.
His asylum appeal is outstanding"
(Dean of Kent Institute of Medicine & Health Sciences and Psychiatrist)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 January 2008 13:49