Friday, June 03, 2011

13-year-old boy died under torture

The battered face of 13-year-old boy Hamza al-Khateeb depressed me terribly.

He went missing after a protest in the southern Syrian village of Jiza on April 29th, and until his body was returned to his family, his whereabouts were unknown.

Activists said he was tortured and killed by Syria's Security Services during a month in costody.

Since a video portraying the torture inflicted upon him was broadcast on the al-Jazeera TV network, he has rapidly emerged as the new symbol of the protest movement in Syria.

And a video posted on YouTube showing his beaten corpse has sparked international condemnation.

I can't see the video, and can't think about what he endured, either.

The boy's head was swollen, purple and disfigured.

His body was a mess of welts, cigarette burns wounds from bullets fired to injure, not kill.

His kneecaps had been smashed, his neck broken, his jaw shattered and his penis cut off.

Only devil could do such a horrible atrocity...

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