Asli had to flee from Somalia because she was tortured, and arrived here not knowing a single word of English.
It's been incredible to see her slowly build confidence and make friends as she learns a few more crucial words at our conversation group each week.
As you know, torture survivors often have no spare money and rely on food vouchers from the government to live. Many long to come to learn English and make friends. But they simply have no means to get here.
In our classes, survivors learn about currency, so they can go to the shops feeling confident, they learn directions, so they can navigate their new city and they learn how to ask for the time, so they can arrive promptly for appointments, such as a visit to the GP or their solicitor.
Most importantly, survivors learn how to communicate with other people, so they can feel a little less alone. Just being able to say “hello” and “goodbye”, “please” and “thank you”, breaks the silence and loneliness these torture survivors feel every day.
- Anneke, Freedom from Torture volunteer
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