Painting on the walls to endure Islamic State prison

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Abu Diyar and other Kurdish detainees spoke little, except for when it was necessary. I would find them whispering or teaching each other some Kurdish letters. I could hear some...
In drawings: She gave me her detained son’s jacket

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“These things are for my son, but he wasn’t released,” the woman told me. “But you’re like my son, al-hamdulilah ala salamtak.” Thank God you are safe.
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Khalil volunteered to defend every prisoner, regardless of their political background, be it Islamist, democratic or leftist, or their national identity, be it Arab, Kurdish, Syriac, Circassian, etc. He defended...
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