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Module 3-Unit 2-CaseStudy 2

Kia, an Ethiopian woman arrived in London six months ago with her ten year old son, seeking asylum. They were distressed and helpless having been forced out of their home and country. She doesn’t know anything about her husband  (the father of her son), because in their homeland they are being persecuted by the opposition in the country. In London she feels safer, but she can’t get over either the pain of what happened to her or the anxiety connected to not understanding the language and customs of the country.

The team at the refugee centre noticed that she was losing weight and scheduled a doctor appointment for her in a local clinic, providing the following information:

Ethiopian female refugee – Her symptoms of grief were complicated by her inability to perform her culturally sanctioned purification rituals due to her relocation. Compounding her problem, she was diagnosed at various times using Western derived diagnostic criteria by doctors who were unfamiliar with her cultural background. No research or inquiries were made regarding her cultural or religious background.

Source of the study: (Adapt Bhugra, D. and Becker, M. , 2005).

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