"Detention is by far the worst place and experience I have gone through in my life. For someone like me who endured torture, harm, torment and abuse in my home country. The endless trauma and flashbacks which followed me across the oceans was relived in detention and made my conditions rather worse."

Read Michael's story


"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." 

Read Dilip's story


"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."

Read Selina's story


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

Read Hafez's story


"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."

Read Luisa's story


"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."

Read Amadou's story


"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."

Read Helen's story

Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) is a registered Charity No. 1077187. Registered in England as a Limited Company No. 03803669. Accredited by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Ref. No. N200100147. We are a member of the Fundraising Regulator, committed to best practice in fundraising and follow the standards for fundraising as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.
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