As part of the “Hostages of the System” campaign, we present the stories of people who spent time in detention centers for migrants in Poland. We want to inspire a public discussion about detention and alternative measures to detention.

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Those touching accounts were penned down by Magdalena Olszewska, a writer and journalist. Stories were illustrated by Daniel Chmielewski.

My eldest son rarely left his room. He would spend days in bed, covering his head with a blanket. His arms and legs trembled whenever he saw guards but he would not run, he just froze in place – Yoofi, Ghana

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Detention is often not necessary. There are possible alternative measures which can be as effective as detention while safeguarding dignity and human rights of an individual.

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