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No child should ever go to bed afraid. What happened to13 year old Hamza al-Khateeb should never happen to any child.  

He was unarmed and walking 12km along the road from his home town to Saidi in protest with his friends and family when Syrian security forces opened fire on the protestors with live rounds.  

In the bloody confusion Hamza was arrested, April 29.  

He was kept in custody for a month. When his body was returned on May 24, it bore the scars of brutal torture. 

This included lacerations, bruises and burns to his feet, elbows, face and knees, consistent with the use of electric shock devices and of being whipped with cable, both techniques of torture documented by Human Rights Watch as being used in Syrian prisons during the bloody three-month crackdown on protestors.  

Hamza’s eyes were swollen and black and there were identical bullet wounds where he had apparently been shot through both arms, the bullets tearing a hole in his sides and lodging in his belly.  

On Hamza’s chest was a deep, dark burn mark. His neck was broken and his penis cut off.

Many of us live in parts of the world where we do not share those fears. Our families are not threatened by our actions.  

We need to make a stand where others cannot. We need to lend our voices to these vulnerable children who go to bed each night afraid of real monsters.  

Please, will you join us in taking a stand against these inhuman acts and rally international support to force governments to allow children to live free from fear?  

If you could help to raise awareness for our petition we feel that it would be hugely influential in strengthening this dream.


Emine Dilek,

Producer/Host Women's Voice Radio

Women’s Views on News Co-Editor


Simon King,

Women’s Views on News Co-Editor


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