DAY 439 - MAY 28, 2012


The Assad regime massacres over 100 people in the Al Houla area of Homs, 49 of which are children. The world is stunned and horrified, drawing outrage from human rights groups. In addition, after continuing protests, the Syrian Army raids Aleppo University, using tear gas and live ammunition in the dormitories. Despite a UN ceasefire that was brokered by Kofi Annan, fighting continues to intensify in all major cities in Syria. In Damascus, shopkeepers have closed their stores, in regime areas, in ardent protests against government actions.

You've spent the last three months in Tadmor. Two American journalists have been thrown into your cell and the same day you can hear their screams as the regime uses electrical cords to torture them in some back room. Unbelievably, the regime has not touched you. You think it is because it is clear you are not a soldier. However, they still know you are a traitor. If you stay here, eventually you will end up like the Americans. Aasfa could not take it. Over the course of the last month she slowly filed down the small window with the other mother. The two continued to starve themselves until they knew they could fit through the opening but on the day of their escape a guard dog on the other end of the wall finds them. This clues a regime soldier to the operation, who eventually shoots Aasfa before she can even fully make it into the daylight. Consequently she falls back into the cell, her head half of what it used to be.