Syrian teenager survivor recounts horrors of Assad regime prisons
Date: 2019-07-08 12:12
A Syrian teenager jailed by the Assad regime allegedly for his social media posts has haunting memories of the torture and abuse, he was subjected to, in the interrogation centers.
The teenager, who does not want to be identified, goes by the name E.H., was arrested in Aleppo, when he was a high school student. He was charged with managing social media activities, on behalf of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
In an interview with Anadolu Agency, E.H., 19, recalled the inhumane torture and cruelties, he witnessed during his one and half years of stay at various detention centers in Aleppo and Damascus.
Like many other detainees, E.H. was also beaten brutally, without any explanation. “They pinned me to the ground, took off my clothes and beat me brutally, until I lost my consciousness. They did not ask any question,” he said.
He said the repeated tortures fractured his feet. He was hung upside down and kept in this position for hours. For five months, he was also held in a solitary confinement.
“Interrogators used to put burning cigarettes on my flesh,” E.H. recalled. He was released after his family paid a large amount of money to bail him out. Soon after out from the jail, he took refuge in Turkey three months ago.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) documented the death of 951 individuals at the hands of Assad regime militias in 2018, including 11 children and two women.
Based on AA