When my first article was published, I felt like I was under surveillance, and feared I might be interrogated at any moment. The same feeling haunted me with subsequent articles, along with nightmares about the Syrian security forces and its notorious dungeons, the moment of being arrested, escape, being pursued, and the inability to hide.
The Syrian war has imposed a massive migration of Syrians outside their country in search of a safe haven. Some of them chose Yemen, also experiencing a war, an epidemic, and multiple humanitarian crises, which the Syrian refugees have not managed to escape from …
“In Syria, seeing a therapist is considered a sign that you’re crazy”. Abdulaziz wishes mental health care was less taboo, especially in the Middle East, where he explains that people need it even more because of the region’s problematic history.
It was forbidden for anyone to approach his room except for the guards, the interrogators, and a doctor who would check on him for ten minutes in the morning. As for the guards, who came from “Al-Khatib” and from the Air Force Intelligence Directorate, “slapping me was a normal thing for them”.
As much as it’s a painful experience for the witnesses, they felt, for the first time, that a judicial apparatus was interested in hearing their statements, their experience, and the violations they were subjected to … This is the experience of a Syrian journalist, who was also a former detainee, following the trials of two Syrian officers.
What governs our relationships with our nations? Are they based on sentiments of belonging and love, or are they based on what our nations can provide for us? What if misery is all that it can provide? Could love alone sustain our relationship with it?
In this investigative report, we blow the whistle on the phenomenon of brokers who, with the complicity of Turkish civil servants in the Directorates of Immigration, Citizenship, and Security, worked to move the files of Syrians in return for bribes, and hence acquiring the citizenship.
The laws in Turkey, alongside the Syrian refugee women’s ignorance of what their rights are, has caused them to face many problems. This report highlights the stories of the women caught between the Syrian and Turkish laws.