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CVT Survivor Stories

Here is a list of all the published stories of former CVT clients.

Many of CVT's former clients share their personal stories of healing and hope publicly, to help create awareness of the atrocities of war and conflict around the world and also of the enormous power of healing. Here is a list of stories of torture survivors who have given consent to share their stories with the public. All these individuals went through counseling at CVT centers in our global locations. Each individual spent time with counselors regarding the decision to share this story, and each participated in a detailed process of informed consent before agreeing to any publication. Names and some details have been changed for safety and to protect identity. Survivor stories are listed alphabetically, by each person's country of origin, where disclosed. You can also see survivor stories here.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Dina
Dina was only a teenager when she was abducted by militia and forced to live with them.

Congolese girl, CVT Nairobi

Eritrea

Feven
The girl with the bright eyes. She was barely 12 years old. A child alone in the refugee camp
.
Eritrean child, CVT Ethiopia

Gebriale
One minute Gebriale was working in his office. The next moment, he was in prison.

Eritrean man, CVT Ethiopia

Haben
I could not bring all of my children when I fled Eritrea.
Eritrean woman, CVT Ethiopia

Kidane
Kidane was beaten so severely in an Eritrean prison, he was unable to work.
Eritrean man, CVT Ethiopia

Mebratu
The Eritrean prison was so dark, Mebratu could not see the others in the cell.

Eritrean man, CVT Ethiopia

Senait
Abuses while serving in the military seriously affect a young Eritrean woman.

Eritrean woman, CVT Ethiopia

Tesfaye
After fleeing his home, Tesfaye confronted something even more horrifying.

Eritrean teenager, CVT Ethiopia

Yonas
The Eritrean military tortured Yonas after he tried to escape.

Eritrean man, CVT Ethiopia

Iraq

Fajer
Fajer and his wife were living in their home in Iraq with their four children. 
Iraqi man and his family, CVT Jordan

Rahim
“To sleep, I had to take a sedative. Now, I sleep in complete comfort without using any sedatives.”

Iraqi man, CVT Jordan

Saad
Saad was a teenager when his younger brother was kidnapped by militias in southeastern Iraq.

Iraqi man, CVT Jordan

Youssef
Youssef’s name was published on a list of journalists being targeted in Iraq.

Iraqi man, CVT Jordan

Somalia

Ali Family
Several members of the Ali family suffered amputations by armed fighters in Somalia.

Somalian family, CVT Dadaab

Syria

Bushra
Bushra’s teenage sons and her husband were arrested in their home in Damascus one night.

Syrian woman, CVT Jordan

The Hadad Family
The U.S. Travel Ban ended any lingering hopes they had of starting a new life after war.
Syrian family, CVT Jordan

Hassan
Hassan was unrecognizable after his torture, but he found the courage to speak out.

Syrian man, CVT Jordan

Imad
Imad was arrested three times in Syria: tortured, hung and beaten.

Syrian man, CVT Jordan

Jana
Jana, a ten year-old Syrian girl, was violently grabbed by a man one day.

Syrian child, CVT Jordan

Manal
Manal was imprisoned in Syria after she quit her job as a nurse.

Syrian woman, CVT Jordan

Nabil
After losing his teeth during torture, Nabil was too self-conscious to speak.

Syrian man, CVT Jordan

Qassem
After attending a demonstration in Syria, Qassem was imprisoned and tortured.

Syrian man, CVT Jordan

Sabeen
“I was savagely beaten and repeatedly raped,” says Sabeen, a Syrian 24-year-old refugee and torture survivor.

Syrian woman, CVT Jordan

Yasser and Khadija
Soldiers invaded Yasser and Khadija's home in Syria and assaulted them.

Syrian couple, CVT Jordan

Unnamed countries in Africa

David
"The torturers’ words do not limit me anymore."

Man from unnamed country in Africa, CVT St. Paul Healing Center

Jean Baptiste
Jean Baptiste was a chief in his home country.

Man from unnamed country in Africa, CVT Nairobi

Peter
Peter was beaten and stoned by his neighbors because he was gay. They wanted to kill him.

Man from unnamed country in Africa, CVT Nairobi

Thomas
Thomas was tortured multiple times due to allegations about his political beliefs. 
Man from unnamed country in Africa, CVT's St. Paul Healing Center


Unnamed country in the Middle East

Esme
While in custody, Esme was repeatedly raped and beaten.
Woman from unnamed country in the Middle East, CVT St. Paul Healing Center

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