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Syrian refugee speaks of 'torture' while detained

A Syrian refugee brought to the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme has spoken of the "torture, humiliation and insults" she was subjected to while detained in her home country.

The 30-year-old mother of four, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Today programme's Mishal Husain: "I was detained because we were holding demonstrations. We were considered to be against the state and the regime. We were asking for the most simple of rights. To live like other nations.

"I was detained in a single cell and kept there for one and a half months. It was a dark, awful, disgusting place," she added.

Her comments come as the UNHCR hosts a conference in Geneva to discuss the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 9 December.

  • 09 Dec 2014
  • From the section UK
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