In less than a decade, barbarism has taken over Syria, breaking it down to its core day after day. The horrendous torture network in Syria is killing inmates in detention facilities and military hospitals unceasingly, after being repeatedly tortured and systematically deprived of food, water, and any medical care. The most widely used methods of torture include necklacing, sexual assault, mutilation, boiling, and denailing.
A recent Amnesty International report described the Sednaya prison (military prison operated by the government of Bashar al-Assad) as a “human slaughterhouse.” Unfortunately, much credence is given to this statement; for instance, Mohamed Abdullah, who was held in Sednaya prison for a year, expressed the following to The Washington Post: “As Syrians, you grow up hearing a lot about torture. You hear things you cannot imagine even a psychopath doing. They did all those things to us and more.” Furthermore, as stated by Sarah Chynoweth, who was asked to report on sexual violence against men and boys in the Syria crisis, psychotherapists specialized in treating torture survivors in Jordan expressed to her that “torture was designed to inflict deep psychological pain that disrupts one’s sense of self.” I could not refrain from being astonished by this inhumanity taking over the world, where violence is not only practiced in physical form, but over and above that, in an unrestrainedly psychologically destructive way.
According to the Syrian Network For Human Rights, 21 individuals died from torture this past October alone, 20 of which died at the Hands of Syrian Regime Forces. Even children are subjected to torture, as many are detained as suspects for being linked to armed groups.
Sadly, Syria has become a torture chamber for its own people.
Even in today’s “modern” world, tragic tales seem to be relentlessly trespassing on reality land.