A former resident of Monaghan’s direct provision centre has said she tries to block her time there from her memory.
But she says she got great support from the local community.
Suaad Alshleh and her family spent nine months in the Saint Patrick’s centre outside Monaghan town after they fled Syria.
She was yesterday announced as the first recipient of the Professor William C Campbell Scholarship, which is valued at €5,000 a year.
She’s studying medicine in the Royal College of Surgeons as she said she wants to give something back to Ireland.
Suaad attended Beech Hill College in Monaghan during her time in direct provision but the family has since moved to Portlaoise.
She says they got great support from the community during their time in Monaghan: