DAY 803 - MAY 20, 2013
Pro-Assad hacker group, the Syrian Electronic Army, breaks into the Associated Press Twitter account and tweets about a bomb detonating in the White House, causing a stock market free fall to the tune of $136 billion. Internet videos emerge depicting a Syrian rebel commander eating the lung of a dead government soldier. The cannibalism stunt is used by anti-war advocates around the world as justification to avoid arming the Syrian opposition. France and England believe they have proof that Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people. Israel uses this information as the catalyst to perpetrate a second bombing inside Syria, this time on Bashar Al Assad's most advanced weapons facility, which many think is used to manufacture biological weapons. Two car bombs go off across the Turkish border while the Syrian government commits massacres in Baniyas and Al Bayda, calling it an act of sectarian cleansing. The UN puts the death toll at 80,000 since the start of the conflict, as 4.5 million people are internally displaced within Syria's borders and one million refugees are displaced outside.
The interrogations are becoming more threatening. Even though they have not tortured you yet, the threat seems to loom in the air along with the stench of the fetid cell. Your Iraqi friend, Aasfa, proposes a plan to escape, to get your children back. You've confirmed that you are in Tadmor Prison, near the Palmyra ruins. People are known to disappear in Tadmor. You and Aasfa vow to not be those people, the ones that disappear. You know it will take every bit of strength you have left to make sure you do not become one of the thousands still missing in Syria.