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Syrian Torture Victim Recounts Horrors

A blindfold prevented Jalal Nofal from seeing the prison guard who asked him for medical advice. The Syrian psychiatrist was startled, but listened as the guard listed his ailments and his struggle to lose weight. It sounded like an ordinary consultation with a physician, not a conversation between a jailer and a blindfolded prisoner who had just been beaten. The encounter in one of Syria’s notorious prisons took place during Nofal’s first term behind bars - eight years that...

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