Refugees in Bangkok - New Naratif

Stuck in Detention While Seeking Sanctuary

Two barriers separated visitors and detainees in the visiting area of the immigration detention centre in Bangkok. The 1m gap made it impossible at times to communicate, especially with a hundred people yelling at each other from behind iron bars.

New Naratif speaks to Saya Tamin, a Syrian refugee who’d been arrested in his Bangkok apartment with his wife and two children in October last year. While a Thai Muslim foundation were able to bail his wife and children out after two months in detention, Saya is still languishing behind bars.

“It’s not so good [here]. I cannot sleep. I have been staying here for so long,” he says.

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