Mothers of prisoners in Hama Central Prison are forced to visit sons for only 15 minutes per week

تحرير أمنة رياض | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 22 نوفمبر، 2018 11:55:12 ص خبر عسكريإغاثي وإنساني معتقل

Hama - SMART

Mothers of prisoners in Hama Central Prison, Central Syria, bear the burden of guard harassment and only being able to visit their sons for 15 minutes at a time. During the visits, the prisoners are forced to sit behind bars and netting that barely show their faces.

The 70-year-old mother Umm Sami (name changed) says that whenever she goes to visit her son in the Hama Central Prison, she suffers the same pain and humiliation as the prison guards force her to wait for hours in front of the prison gate before letting her in, where they confiscate the food and other things she hoped to give to her son.

Umm Sami says that the jailers inspect her as if they are searching for a weapon of mass destruction between the folds of her dress before they allow her to enter the prison and meet her son for a few minutes that she wishes could last forever. Umm Sami adds, "Seeing my son has become a forbidden thing by the Syrian government."

The 50-year-old mother Umm Ahmad (name changed) has always wanted to bring different kinds of food to her son in prison. Umm Ahmad says that she tried to bring food many times, but the guards either spoiled or confiscated it, threatening Umm Ahmad by saying that they will not let her visit her son again if she continues to bring food.

The mother Umm Ghaith (name changed) narrates how one day she was standing next to Umm Ahmad, waiting for her turn to visit her husband who has been in prison for three years. Umm Ghaith brought olives and oil-cured eggplant from home, but just like Umm Ahmad, Umm Ghaith failed to give the food to her husband because one of the guards confiscated it, smiled and said tauntingly, "Thanks for the olives and eggplant."

Umm Ghaith tried to bribe the guard next time she brought food, but he refused to let her take it in, allowing her to give clothes to her husband only.

After waiting for hours, the mothers and wives are allowed to see their sons behind two sets of iron bars and netting, with a 1.5-meter distance between them. The netting is tight to prevent the prisoners from touching their visitors or taking anything from them.

The Hama Central Prison provides food, which the prisoners say is very expensive and poor quality. The prisoners say that the prison has bulgur wheat, rice, lentil soup, eggs, and small amounts of olives.

The prisoners' mothers, wives, and children refuse to give up and continue to brave the visiting conditions and humiliation in order to see their sons and husbands to ensure that they are still alive and well. The Syrian government allows only close relatives to visit.

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تحرير أمنة رياض | ترجمة محمد غيث | تحرير الترجمة Vera Halvorsen 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 22 نوفمبر، 2018 11:55:12 ص خبر عسكريإغاثي وإنساني معتقل
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