On March 15th 2011, which has been labelled ‘the day of rage’, the Syrian Civil War began following the violent dispersal of protesters in Damascus.

Hatice Ahmet, along with four of her companions, were arrested in Damascus after allegedly passing weapons on to the opposition. It would prove to be a traumatic experience, with the prison she was kept in, being based six-foot underground and constantly dark, only using light to initiate beatings and torture, which included electric shock.

“It was pitch dark in there. They would turn on the lights only when the beatings and torture would start,” she told the Anadolu Agency.

“I did not see the sun for a year, I was subjected to all kinds of torture in the underground prison. Those were the most painful days of my life.”

She would go on to spend a year in prison, unable to experience sunlight during that time before she would be released after being found innocent from the charges given.

Currently, according to the International Conscience Movement, over 13,500 women have been imprisoned since the start of the Civil War and more than 7,000 are still detained, subjected to the same torture as Hatice underwent.

Following her release, she has not been reunited with the friends that were arrested alongside her nor if they are alive or dead. However, she and her family (husband and child), were able to migrate to Idlib, a city Northwest of Syria to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp but sadly her husband was killed during an airstrike.

According to the same media outlet, they made their way to the town of Reyhanli living as refugees. 

Originally written by Büşra Nur Bilgiç on AA.

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