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Table 3 Potentially traumatic events experienced by patients with mental health conditions, Ragusa (October 2014 December 2015)

From: Mental health and trauma in asylum seekers landing in Sicily in 2015: a descriptive study of neglected invisible wounds

Traumatic events Before leaving the home country During the migration journey
  N = 273a (%) N = 434a (%)
Combat situation or at risk of death 64 (23) 127 (29)
Witnessed violence or death 42 (15) 59 (14)
Relative killed/missing/incarcerated 42 (15) 14 (3)
Intra-familial conflict 41 (15)
Physical/psychological violence 20 (7) 44 (10)
Rape or sexual abuse 10 (2)
Detention/kidnapping 12 (4) 102 (24)
Torture 4 (1) 47 (11)
Other situations that caused fear for lifeb 48 (18) 31 (7)
  1. aN represents potentially traumatic events (PTEs) and not patients. The proportions do not add up to 100% as multiple PTEs (up to three) were possible for an individual
  2. bIncludes forced labour, witchcraft, persecution due to homosexuality, etc