Syrian woman about being tortured by fundamentalists


This 19 January 2019 Dutch NOS public broadcasting TV video, recorded in Syria, says about itself (translated):

Humiliated in a cage: “I will never forgive the terrorists”

Reefa is an engineer at an energy utility in Damascus. When she was at home, jihadists grabbed her and locked her up with dozens of others in a mobile cage. The goal: to use them as a human shield against the bombing by their enemy, the Syrian government.

This is a report by Roozbeh Kaboly and cameraman Rachid El Mourif.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Humiliated in a cage: ‘I will never forgive the Syrian terrorists

It is slowly becoming quieter in Syria, the war seems almost to be decided. Also in Douma, a suburb of Damascus and one of the first strongholds of the uprising against the Syrian government, there is now no longer fighting. But that has been different.

At the beginning of the war the neighborhood was conquered by moderate rebels, after which jihadist groups took over. Including Jaysh al-Islam, ‘the army of Islam’. They kidnapped a large group of minorities people who supposedly supported the Syrian regime. There was murder, torture, and women and children served as human shields against bombing by the army. The Syrian army intervened violently and surrounded the neighborhood. The population was being starved.

Reefa (59) was also detained in Douma for three years. “I am Ismaili [a Muslim tendency led by the Aga Khan], a minority about which the rebels say that they support the government. Which is why I got flogged and for ten days I was locked up in the cold and without food on my own, and the rebels have driven us around in cages to humiliate us.”

Reefa can not forgive the groups that imprisoned her. “We did not wrong them in any way. I’m just an engineer, I’ve never hurt anyone in my life. I’ve lost my whole life, my job, everything. I’ve lost my nephews, two young boys, how can I forget that??” Forgiveness is needed for a new future for the country, but Reefa can not imagine how. “I am against reconciliation, they have betrayed their country. I am not a politician and do not speak a political language.” …

Can Syrians ever live together in peace? “That will be very difficult”, says Nieuwsuur news show journalist Roozbeh Kaboly, who was in Syria for this series. …

“At the same time Syrians are tough and strong people, they always tell me about the long history of Syria: the country has experienced many wars and it has been destroyed several times, but has been rebuilt over and over again. So, there is always hope. I myself am very optimistic.”

On Saturday, WikiLeaks published an internal email written by a member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fact-finding mission to Syria that exposes the far-reaching effort to suppress and distort evidence in order to claim that the government of Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the alleged April 7, 2018, gas attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus then held by CIA-backed Islamist “rebel” forces: here.

A fourth round of leaked internal documents from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was published by WikiLeaks Friday, further exposing the official report on an alleged 2018 chemical weapons attack in Douma—a suburb of Damascus then held by CIA-backed Islamist forces—as having been doctored to justify an attack by the United States, Britain and France against the Syrian government: here.

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