I am a student.

Yonas was a student in Eritrea. The government wanted to take him out of school and send him to the military service. He went into hiding. The military took one of his family members to prison. They said he must come back or they would hurt this person. He turned himself in, but escaped. When he was caught at the border, the military tortured Yonas and imprisoned him for several months. He still bears the scars.

He found refuge in Ethiopia, but the torture he endured had nearly broken him.”I was struggling with all the difficulties I had been through,” he says. “It was too much. There were times when I was hurting myself. I wanted to kill myself. I had no person to talk to.” Fellow refugees brought him to CVT, where he began his healing journey.

The refugee crisis is a torture crisis.

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CVT’s work with Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.