“I am a woman, do not lock me up with men!”

Sama is 30 years old. She is physically transitioning and undergoing hormone treatment. She arrived in France at the end of 2018 and applied for asylum. She ran away from Morocco because she was facing persecution. She was imprisoned for three months in Boulmharez due to her gender identity. She lives as a woman and identifies as a woman.
We met her in her new home in Lyon.

Prisoners threw me to the ground, some urinated on my face. Then several of them raped me.

“If you do not sign, we will smash your face in!” And he slapped me hard.

My grandfather had to pay a bribe of over €6,000 for my release.