A short documentary film narrated by a mother who goes looking for her missing son detained by the Syrian state security.
Starting Monday morning (1 July 2013) a group of Syrian woman detainees in Adra prison commenced an open-ended hunger strike, their position was announced in this following letter addressed to the Syrian regime’s Court of Terrorism, which reads:
To the Director of Public Prosecutions handing cases in the Court of Terrorism
Two main points
Please note that there were more than one letter sent to you to inquire about our situation in the Department of deposit in the women’s prison in Adra, None of our letters have been answered … and when we asked the prison administration about our mysterious situation. The prison’s reply was always that nothing to do with the prison administration and you officials in the terrorism court are the only ones who can deal and responsible for our long and hard presence term in the prison, especially we have among us a lot of older women, the sick and pregnant women, mothers and university students and employees, and where the number of inmates is increasing day after day while there are only a few days on the advent of Ramadan. . Accordingly, the inmates in the Department of deposit in Adra prison for women has decided to start a peaceful hunger strike starting Monday Dated 01/07/2013 until our status in prison is considered, dealt with and accelerate brining our cases to the competent courts, noting that many of us, the striking prisoned women have exceeded the duration of four to six months. As we draw your attention to the fact that many of the inmates are barred from communicating and getting in touch with their parents and relatives. Also, most of our parents and relatives cannot come to visit us in the prison due to the current poor and unsafe conditions of the roads which increases our suffering. Please reply to us clearly and quickly, and thank you very much
Political Inmates in Adra prison .. Department of deposit
The letter was obtained from reliable sources within Adra prison and translated by the organisers of the solidarity movement with the striking prisoners
Omar al Asaad
Dr Mohammad flips his new ID card, looks at this neighbour in the bed next to his bed and breaks out into a fit of laughter. The ID card which the detained doctor now holds in Adra prison includes a sentence that points out his crime: “weakening the national feelings!” He shares the same crime with Feras who is lying on the top bunk bed. The doctor ascertains that “this lad [Feras] is a simple naive guy, he isn’t crazy or mentally disabled but he does not fully comprehend what is happening around him. He even demonstrates speech problems and his facial features from a medical standpoint look abnormal.