Episode 9

Published on:

26th Jun 2020

After Torture

In this episode, Fritz and Karam speak to two international mental health experts, Dr. Vedrana Mladina and Diana Rayes. They comment on the accounts of survivors we interviewed in the previous episode. And we ask them how exposure to war and torture affects survivors' lives, and what their needs are after torture to lead a healthy life.

  • Dr. Vedrana Mladina


  • Diana Rayes


  • About Alaa M.

In Arabic: https://baladi-news.com/ar/articles/61992

In English: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/world/europe/syria-doctor-torture-germany.html

In German: https://www.spiegel.de/politik/deutschland/foltervorwuerfe-generalbundesanwalt-nimmt-syrischen-arzt-aus-hessen-fest-a-e22a443e-b4ad-480f-b9aa-e18013d5dfe4


  • Recommended by Diana rayes for Survivors




  • On Sara Hegazi


  • Literature Recommended by Dr. vedrana Mladina

The Murad Code 

www.muradcode.com; https://www.muradcode.com/draft-murad-code

Narrative Exposure Therapy 


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Syrian Atrocity Crimes on Trial

Branch 251 takes you to the heart of the world’s first criminal trial dealing with atrocity crimes committed by Syrian officials.

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Pauline Peek

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Pauline Peek is a research assistant, production assistant and history student who also happens to possess a bachelor’s degree in singing. Originally from the Netherlands, she is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

Fritz Streiff

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Fritz is a strategic human rights lawyer with a focus on investigations and case-building in the fields of atrocity crimes and anti-corruption. International justice is his big passion. Though podcasts follow pretty closely. He is currently based in Paris, France.