On Jan. 10, while President Bashar Assad addressed his supporters in
Damascus, the Syrian authorities handed the tiny tortured body of a
4-month old baby girl to her uncle in Homs. Arrested with her parents a
few days earlier, one can only assume, knowing the Syrian regime’s
documented brutality, that baby Afaf had been thrown into a cell with
her mother and submitted to horrific treatment, terrorizing her and her
mother and leading to her death.
In its violent repression of the uprising, the Syrian regime has made
no distinction between men and women or between adults and children.
There has been equality in oppressing, and equality in suffering. But
there has also been equality in protesting, albeit in varying degrees of
visibility and in different forms.
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