The Land of Milk and Honey: A Picture of Refugee Torture Survivors Presenting for Treatment in a South African Trauma Centre

The Land of Milk and Honey: A Picture of Refugee Torture Survivors Presenting for Treatment in a South African Trauma Centre

The paper attempts to paint a clearer picture of the bio-psycho-social state of torture survivors accessing services in South Africa, while highlighting many of the contextual challenges which impact on recovery. It draws on intake data obtained from 55 refugee torture survivors accessing trauma treatment services at a centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The intake forms part of a more comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system developed for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation's (CSVR's) psychosocial work with torture survivors.

 

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Monica Bandeira
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Monica Bandeira is a qualified psychologist with extensive experience in research and monitoring and evaluation.

Craig Higson-Smith
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Craig Higson-Smith leads the research department at the Centre for Victims of Torture. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Megan Bantjies
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Megan Bantjies is the coordinator of the South African No Torture Consortium, a group of organisations which aims to expose torture in Africa

Peter Polatin
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Peter Polatin is a professor of psychiatry and the senior health advisor for the DIGNITY Institute Against Torture

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