A new documentary hears from the individuals who built it out of Assads prisons and their gruesome quest to recognize others who have died in custody
I still remember their last word to me: Please dont forget us. This rings in my ears every day like faith bells, like a daily call for prayer.
Mansour al-Omari, a Syrian human rights activist, recalls the moment his name was called by the jailer after expending nine months in detention. He was lucky to be released, but is haunted by those he left behind.
Conditions in the Syrian regimes detention centres are hellish. Detainees describe being held in overcrowded cells, suffering from malnutrition and regular physical and psychological abuse. Thousands have died under torment, or due to the hostile situations and forget. And many former detainees, ones I have interviewed for the film Syrias Faded: The Case Against Assad, harbour survivors guilt.
Mazen Alhummada, a leftwing activist and employee of an oil company who was detained for 18 months, told us: When we were incarcerated, we promised one another that if one of us got out we would tell the world what was happening inside. I am had decided to disclose this government, just as we agreed. Its my duty to the people who are still there. Mansour echoed this: It is always a cure to my spirits soreness to assist those who are still underground.