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“We are going to hold your daughter hostage until your husband turns himself in”
Ghabbash, a law student from Aleppo, repeatedly confessed his actual offense: organizing peaceful antigovernment protests. But the torture continued for 12 days, until he wrote a fictional confession to planning a bombing. He was flown to a crammed prison at Mezze air base in Damascus, the Syrian capital, where he said guards hung him and other detainees from a fence naked, spraying them with water on cold nights. To entertain colleagues over dinner, he and other survivors said, an officer calling himself Hitler forced prisoners to act the roles of dogs, donkeys and cats, beating those who failed to bark or bray correctly. In a military hospital, he said, he watched a nurse bash the face of an amputee who begged for painkillers. In yet another prison, he counted 19 cellmates who died from disease, torture and neglect in a single month.
In the six years that war has ravaged Syria, almost every crime imaginable has been committed against its people. Yet there is another crime, which, until now has been wrapped in a veil of silence: child rape. For safety reasons, Fatima did not want the name of her village to be used. They took off my clothes! For the past few hours, she had been frantically searching for her child after hearing a rumor that a group of children who had been detained in a military base might have been released. As soon as she heard, the year-old mother took to the streets, hoping beyond hope to find her missing daughter.
Wars that threaten human life and nature by definition lead to deaths, injuries, mass migration movements and collapse of society as a final result. The recent events in Syria represent the most tragic example in this respect. Disproportionate uses of force by the Syrian government against the civil commotion, which started with peaceful protests in March , initially provoked the war and then caused the loss of hundred of thousands of lives and the displacement of millions of people. The intervention of international actors in the region, which is already in chaos, also intensified the current problems in Syria. The women and children are the ones that have suffered the most, due to the crises that increasingly became chronic in all aspects of life in Syria, in terms of humanity, politics and economy. Within an environment in a country where human values, as well as all legal rules were disregarded entirely, violations, violence and rape against women expanded the magnitude of social collapse.