Seeking asylum: ‘We were told to leave, convert or die’ – BBC News

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When Mike Espirion was released from Baghdad’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison after ten years, he might have thought better times lay ahead.

Saddam Hussein’s security forces had tortured him, believing he was a spy, but eventually he was freed.

However, in Dora, the Christian area of Baghdad, Mike, not his real name, and his neighbours had letters put through their doors saying they had to leave, or stay and convert to Islam.

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The stories of five people who fled persecution in their own countries and found sanctuary in Wales are being told via a virtual reality exhibition in Cardiff. Mike Espirion left Iraq after being jailed, tortured and then threatened with death. Here he shares the story of his journey to freedom.


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