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Therapists Treating Tortured Refugees Decry Abuses

Therapists Treating Tortured Refugees Decry Abuses



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- New reports of Americans abusing Iraqi prisoners isn't helping refugees in the U-S find comfort while seeking treatment here.

The co-director of the Utah Health and Human Rights Project says she's concerned about her Iraqi patients, who associate the Abu Ghraib (grayb) prison with brutality suffered under Saddam Hussein.

Doctor Cindy Willard says doctors and psychologists often have to remind patients that America is not like their homeland. But she's worried that may no longer be as comforting.

She says all the practices that occurred at Abu Ghraib at the hands of U-S soldiers are experiences her clients have suffered in other countries.

A Pennsylvania reservist will be the first American put on trial in the prisoner abuse scandal.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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