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    Posted May 28, 2011 by
    Daraa, Syria
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    13-year-old boy was tortured to death in Syria, shame on us.

    This  is the story of a 13-year-old healthy boy named Hamza AlKhateeb.  Hamza’s cousin was killed on the hands on the Syrian regime a few days  before he had decided to go out in a peaceful demonstration with other  people in his area. He was arrested on April 29, 2011 by the Syrian  regime forces. A month had passed by  with his family not knowing where he is, or if or when will he be  released. On May 27, 2011, he was released to his family as a dead body.  Upon examining his body, the signs of torture are very clear.
    His  skin was peeling off his hands and feet, and his neck was broken. There  were a few bullets in his body that were used as a way of torture rather  than to kill him with. Clear signs of severe physical abuse appeared on  the body such as marks done with hands, sticks, and shoes. Hamza’s  penis was also cut off. That is sadder than this story is the fact that  it is not the only one. In fact, it is one of many. There are many men,  women, elderly, and children that have been arrested and not back. The  death toll has surpassed 1200 people since the beginning of this  revolution. Group graves have been discovered in the city of Daraa and  the Syrian regime is still trying to cover the facts and deny the evil  acts that were committed towards the Syrian people.

    We, the  Syrian people, request the United Nations to take a firm stand against  the Syrian Government. We also request the United Nations and Human  Rights Organizations to do a full investigation of cases such as Hamza’s  and many others. We, the people of Syria, deserve the right to live a  free dignified life, and we are calling upon every free soul to help us  achieve that.
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