Gordon submitted a report from a Canadian psychiatrist. The psychiatrist writes that Gordon began to discover his feelings of same-sex attraction “in early adolescence.” In his hearing, Gordon explained that he had his first same-sex crush when he was “16 or 17 years old.” As a result of this discrepancy, Gary suspects that Gordon is lying about his sexual orientation.
Ndidi made a police report in her country in which she explained that her attackers had “threatened to return.” In her BOC story, she wrote that on that occasion her attackers had “said that they would come back and finish me.” Ndidi could not explain why the police had not included the death threat in their report. Gary suspects that Ndidi has added this threat because she is trying to make her story stronger.
In her BOC narrative, Lijuan explained that her arm was broken in an attack. She also explained that this attack left her with a cut lip and a bleeding nose. Lijuan submitted a medical report from a hospital in her country. The report showed that she had been admitted and treated for “a broken arm.” Gary finds it suspicious that the report does not mention any injuries to her face.
Badma’s mother wrote her a letter to give to the Board. This letter described some of the harassment and threats that Badma had experienced from her former teacher. But Badma had kept the worst of what she had suffered a secret from her mother, so the letter only told a small part of the story. In reading this letter, Gary suspects that her mother has described all of Badma’s troubles, and that Badma has invented her other experiences to try to make her refugee claim stronger.
What might have helped Gordon, Ndidi, Lijuan and Badma?
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