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Hostages of the System: “There were around forty men locked away together in confined space. You begin to feel claustrophobic”

At the center, everyone has a story to tell. Those who have been smuggled into Poland illegally show the greatest determination and, at the same time, are the most desperate. They usually had to sell everything they had and some

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Hostages of the System: “Over half a year after he regained his freedom, my son is still plagued by nightmares

“Over half a year after he regained his freedom, my son is still plagued by nightmares. Almost every night he wakes up crying. The most frequently recurring dreams are about men wearing masks who beat him up. I myself also

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Hostages of the System: “If I had given birth to an illegitimate child in Chechnya, they would have killed me”

“No one had been in the detention centre in Kętrzyn for as long as I. When we left, my daughter was almost two years old. I was locked up and without any hope of going crazy,” says a Chechen, who

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Hostages of the System: “All in all, it was worse than a prison”, says a young Ghanaian

“Waiting is the worst. You just wait and wait and then you wait some more. It’s even worse than if you were actually in prison because you don’t even know what you are doing time for or what your sentence

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Hostages of the System: “My eldest son rarely left his room. He would spend days in bed, covering his head with a blanket”

“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. He

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