by Conor Fortune
Syrian activist Bassam Ahmed Al-Ahmed recalls his time as a detainee alongside his friend, doctor Ayham Mustafa Ghazoul, whose family was recently informed of his death while in the custody of Syrian security forces in November 2012. Both men were among a group of people detained in a raid on the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression on 16 February 2012.
What more can I say about Ayham than that he was a human being before anything else?
What was most striking to me about him was that he was so self-sacrificing and strongly believed that every person should give up what’s most precious to them – their work, their studies, or even a lover or family members – for this revolution.
He was a very peaceful person who would always say, “Don’t carry a weapon, just go protest and if you die, you die a martyr”.
When they arrested us last February and brought us to the Air Force Intelligence we were all too scared to get off the bus.
They called out for Mazen Darwish, the director of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression.