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Case Studies


No two cases are the same, but by describing some that cross our threshold at HBF, we hope to highlight the personal cost, the clinical risk and the complexities of seeking asylum. We believe that the experiences of our clients should inform discussion on the policies in place and the facilities available – and respond to the pervasive culture of disbelief and suspicion at government and public levels which determines policy and the allocation of resources.

The cases below have been anonymised to protect the identity of our clients. In some cases details have been changed to further maintain confidentiality.


  • Melat

    Melat, 29, is a mother of three young children. She was tortured and raped whilst being detained in Ethiopia. When… Read more

  • Amir

    Amir came to us last winter after being referred by the Psychiatric department of a London hospital. He is a… Read more

  • Xin

    Xin, 20, is from China. Her parents died suddenly when she was nine years old and she was taken in… Read more

  • Sadya

    Sadya, 24, was subject to horrific torture in Sudan where she was an activist campaigning against human rights abuses. Sadya… Read more