Tamil asylum seekers: 80% reported showing signs of torture and trauma - by Oliver Laughland for theguardian

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At least 80% of the 157 Tamil asylum seekers held at Curtin detention centre after nearly a month at sea have shown signs of having suffered mental trauma, Guardian Australia has been told.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said she had been told by a reliable source that four in five of the asylum seekers had been assessed by mental health workers in the centre as showing signs of having suffered torture and trauma.

Guardian Australia has been told by a second source, with knowledge of the asylum seekers, that the number could be higher.

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