Update – Rohan will leave the donation account open for a few days, so you still can donate!
You can donate here
The charity Freedom from Torture currently provides therapeutic care for more survivors from Sri Lanka that any other nation – and incredibly, it’s been like that for seven years.
Freedom from Torture – formerly the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture – is the only UK charity dedicated to provide the kind of specialist therapy that survivors of physical & mental abuse need.
Journalist Rohan Jayasekera is chair of a local fundraising & awareness team for Freedom from Torture, and he’s running in this Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 to raise money for the charity’s work, and he wants your support.
You can sponsor him by following the link (bit.ly/rjruns).
The organisers pledge that every penny he raises will go to the charity – with no overheads charged online.
Every survivor of torture in the UK has a different story. It means their needs are different, too. That’s why the charity tailors the support it offers to suit each person who comes to its centres around the country.
Freedom from Torture provides counselling and expert medical assessments to support survivors’ asylum claims, plus a range of innovative group therapy activities, like gardening, music, creative writing and cookery.
As a journalist, The Write to Life programme is special to Rohan. It’s the longest running refugee writers’ group in the UK and the only one specifically for survivors of torture. Its mentors help survivors overcome their trauma by revisiting the most awful hours of their lives and through writing, come to terms with their experience.
The work of Freedom from Torture began more than 30 years ago growing out of Amnesty International’s Medical Group. Volunteer health professionals campaigned against violations of human rights and documented evidence of torture.
Sadly the legacies of torture live on with many survivors, and many countries – Sri Lanka among them – have been slow to deal with the men behind it. In July 2017, Ben Emmerson QC, the former UN Special Rapporteur on protection of human rights while countering terrorism, visited Sri Lanka and concluded that “the use of torture was and remains today, endemic and routine”.
Please sponsor Rohan on the Marathon website (bit.ly/rjruns).
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