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Dilip

"If they refuse me that’s alright, because I don’t want to stay in this country, because I don’t want to waste my life in the detention centre. It just makes me mentally and physically upset here." 

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Selina

"The tough thing is this environment. Not being able to go out, to do things, to move on, being locked up... Sometimes it’s like somebody’s suffocating me, like I can’t breathe. Because every time I just look at walls, walls."

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Hafez

"Detention is like prison, you are locked up. There is no difference between prison and detention."

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Luisa

"In the night time I can’t sleep, and you don’t have anyone to go to; and you don’t have anywhere to go out, and get some fresh air, and maybe have a walk or something, we are just inside, I think that really is depressing."

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Amadou

"The difficult thing about being in detention here is not knowing where you are, not knowing where you stand basically. They don’t give you much information."

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Helen

"The second time I went into detention, it was the worst...when I used to hear that people had committed suicide, I used to say that nothing would make me take away my life. But when I was detained the second time, inside the van, that was when I realised that when you are in so much pain, when you are harming yourself, you do not feel the pain."

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