Survivor Syrian woman recalls torture in Assad regime prisons

Survivor Syrian woman recalls torture in Assad regime prisons
A Syrian woman formerly jailed by the Assad regime cannot forget the memories of the torture dungeons.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Um Muhammed, 55, who was paralyzed by a regime air raid, recalls the inhumane torture methods and cruelties she witnessed during her imprisonment at El-Khatib detention center in Damascus.

In 2014, Um Muhammed's house in Harasta, east of Damascus, was struck by a regime airstrike.

She was paralyzed when a shrapnel was stuck in her spinal cord.

She was transferred to a hospital in Damascus where she was imprisoned there.

"They locked me up in a room with my daughters. Medical treatment was forbidden. They just kept me in the hospital. There was not any service,” Um Muhammed recalled.

After the hospital confinement, the woman and her daughters were taken to an interrogation center.

Um Muhammed was kept in detention for more than two years together with her daughters. 

“We were held underground. We couldn't see the sun. We were 19 people in a 1.5 square meter area. We couldn't sleep properly,” she said. 

“My daughters and other young people were beaten to death. They tortured young people day and night. I prayed to Allah for them,” Um Muhammed said. 

"I can't forget the screams of the tortured young people and women. They're always in my mind,” she recalled. 

"I saw bodies with their eyes out and with severed limbs.” 

Underlining that there was no food or water, Um Muhammed said that some of the young people's arms were bruised because of the insects inside. 

“Even if the patients were to die, they would not give them painkillers. When we wanted water, they used to make us drink from toilets,” she said. 

"I wished to die. I had no more patience," she said. 

"They used to separate children from their mother. I did not know where they were taken. Mothers used to cry for their children,” the Syrian mother said. 

Released after two years 

After two years and one month in detention, Um Muhammed and her daughters were released and relocated to Idlib. 

"After the prisoner exchange, the regime drove us from there. They confiscated our property, homes and workplaces. They deported us to Idlib,” she said. 

The Syrian mother is now bedridden as a result of having no medical treatment during her imprisonment. 

“I refer them (Assad's regime) to God’s punishment,” she said. 

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.

According to the International Conscience Movement, an NGO, more than 13,500 women have been jailed since the Syrian conflict began, while more than 7,000 women remain in detention, where they are subjected to torture, rape and sexual violence.

Based on AA

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