I wrote this for the Guardian about the documentary that I’ve made with the filmmaker and director Sara Afshar.
Please read it and watch the film Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad on Channel 4.
Tens of thousands of Syrians are currently missing in President Assad’s detention centres. It is a humanitarian crisis, hidden from view.
Survivors tell of horrific torture in detention and are haunted by those they left behind. Mansour al Omari says:
I still remember their last words to me: ‘Please don’t forget us’. This rings in my ears every day like church bells, like a daily call for prayer.