In 2015, the German refugee reception system collapsed due to the rapid increase in refugees seeking protection. The influx was far higher than originally projected. To cope with this, all political will and voluntary commitment was concentrated on the provision of basic needs, including shelter, food, clothing and necessary medical care. Vulnerable refugees with special needs, such as victims of torture, were consequently left with very limited access to adequate treatment. The overstrained system – dramatically demonstrated by the images of hundreds of people crammed together in sports halls – only made the situation worse for refugees with torture trauma who lived through horrific circumstances in their home countries, often exacerbated by dangerous journeys to seek safety in Europe.  

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