Syrian Elector - Ahed Al-Hendi
I want to write and tell you about my Christmas of last year in 2006 which I regret to say was spent grovelling in a dark hole of Bashar Al-Assad's Underground Prison, which is the home to many of Syria's Political Dissidents. Instead of usually hearing your Christmas bells and cheer, I would only hear the screams of torture and crying as the whips lashed the skin of my fellow prisoner mates, it was no Xmas by all means Santa, it was more like hell spent in Assad's Chamber of Torture.
My mind turns back to my childhood when we kids used to spend cold xmas days bundled in jackets, woollen socks and thick sweaters all to the courtesy of my over concerned Mother. We never felt the harsh cold of Xmas and only the love of family and friends.
But 2006 would be a much bleaker picture, I sat sitting in solitary confinement with the cold oozing from every corner of the cell pinching and numbing what fat was left on my undernourished half naked body. That Xmas only the Prison Guards would feel the warm, as they sat bundled by gas stoves wearing what looked to be like last years xmas clothes.