Charity has to turn away survivors of torture

A charity which helps survivors of torture rebuild their lives was forced to turn away hundreds of people last year as it didn’t have the resources to help them.

Staff at the Freedom from Torture treatment and assessment centre in Glasgow, say it cannot cope with an influx of refugees and asylum seekers from Syria and has only been able to help one in three of those referred.

The charity, which provides counselling and psychotherapy services and can write forensic medical reports for use in asylum claims, managed to support 170 people last year.

However, staff fear that it’s only reaching a tiny percentage of those in need of help in the city.

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