"Being in Yarl's Wood triggered my bad mental health. When I got there I was depressed but not that much. The system failed me – when I got to Yarl's Wood, no one asked me if I had been tortured before, or locked up before."
The UK has one of Europe's largest immigration detention systems – with more than 27,000 people detained in 2017 – and is the only country in the region with no statutory time limit on how long people can be detained. A new campaign, #Time4ATimeLimit is calling for a 28-day detention limit as being detained indefinitely, two Labour MPs argue, amounts to torture.
We spoke to one woman who was detained for eight months in 2017, despite having fled sexual and other physical violence in her west African home and experiencing a severe decline in her mental health while inside – she twice attempted suicide. Click the link in bio to read her story.
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