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We were paraded through the streets and spat at


In his twenties Jon Godsall was working in the family air-conditioning business but he also wanted to see the world, so he took his skills abroad. He found a job at the British embassy in Kuwait.

On August 2, 1990, Jon set off in his car for work as he did every day. He realised something was wrong when he was stopped as he neared the embassy. The next thing he knew, he was on the floor with a gun pointing towards him.

What happened next transformed his life. For thirty years, Jon found himself unable to speak about that time. Then in lockdown, this year, something changed and the process of opening up and sharing his experience had a remarkable impact on him.

This is the first time Jon has told his story in public and some of what you will hear is upsetting.

Details of organisations offering information and support with mental health are available at bbc.co.uk/actionline.



by BBC Radio 4