- A Paris-based medical association, Parcours d’Exil, dedicated to giving medical and psychological care to victims of torture, has denounced the dramatic dwindling of human rights situation in Guinea.
The medical body said its agents have been observing unprecedented increase in the number of victims of torture originating in Guinea.
But the Director of Parcours d’Exil, Dr Pierre Duterte, is alarmed by “the unprecedented atrocity of the events recounted. Patients are giving accounts the abjectness of which goes beyond anything I have heard from the mouths of the 5,000 victims I have treated during my 13 years of practice,” he said.
Almost more dreadful still is “the impunity with which these acts are carried out. Many patients are in fact capable of identifying or even naming their torturers, all members of the police forces under the current President’s regime, fighting against its opponents”.
The victims are treated in Paris in a care centre run by the association. They generally suffer from “severe and profound trauma most often manifested by permanent states of terror and paranoia”. The care they receive – medical and psychological – is given free of charge.
Each year almost 800 people of 46 different nationalities receive this treatment. But the association estimates that 5,000 new victims of torture arrive in France every year.
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