“After my father died, we knew the soldiers would come and ask me to take his place. My mother hid me when soldiers came to the house.
“One day they found me hiding and beat me. When they left, my mother thought that I was dead.
“My mother gave a man all our money to get me away from Afghanistan. I miss her so much every day. I don’t know if she’s even still alive, but I pray for her every night and I try to talk to her sometimes. I hope she can hear me.
“I couldn’t believe it when we finally got to the UK. It’s hard to remember I am safe now. The people at Freedom from Torture are helping me.
“The doctors told me I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that’s why my fits happen. I am often very sad, and I cry at night when I think about my family and how far away they are.
“When I started school here the other kids made fun of my fits, they got so bad I had to take some time off and the school didn’t let me go back. Freedom from Torture is the only place I know I will be understood. They make me feel like I can cope.
“I will never forget everything that happened, but Patrick at Freedom from Torture is helping me cope with it. He is also teaching me lots of new things, how to talk better English and how to look after myself properly. It makes me feel like there is hope in my future now.”