Syrian Woman Story of Torture in Assad Regime Prison

Syrian Woman Story of Torture in Assad Regime Prison

A Syrian woman imprisoned by the Assad regime five years ago cannot forget the unbearable suffering she endured in the interrogation camps. In 2016, Abir Umm Hassan – who was pregnant at the time – was detained with his two-and-a-half-year-old son on his way to a hospital in the capital Damascus.

UMMATIMES - “I was interrogated five times. They tortured me even though they knew I was pregnant,” said Umm Hassan.

"I was constantly beaten. The detention of an innocent pregnant woman is the greatest war crime," added he, who is now 39 years old.

Umm Hassan is just one of thousands of innocent victims being held and tortured in the prisons of the Assad regime. The young mother, who was held in prison in Damascus for four months, was only released after paying money, and then moved with her family to Idlib, an opposition-held area in northwestern Syria, near Turkey.

Just a week after her release, she gave birth to her son, Ammar. After being released, Umm Hassan was also reunited with her young child, who had previously been handed over to her family.

Women and children are the biggest victims of the civil war in Syria. According to the Syrian Human Rights Network, at least 1.2 million people have been detained and tortured by regime forces during the decade-long civil war.

At least 132,000 detainees have not been heard of. Syria has been in civil war since early 2011, when the regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected brutality.

About half a million people have been killed and more than 12 million people have had to flee their homes over the past decade, becoming refugees or internally displaced.