When I met the supervisor, I surprised myself with how calm I spoke despite the disappointment, indignation, anger, and frustration coursing through me. “I need you to come to my table, because the person in charge is writing more votes than they tell him.”
We endured low temperatures with snow and rain for two months while sheltering outdoors. For sustenance, we drank water from the puddles and tried to melt snow in the sun; we hardly ate, as the meager food provided was terrible in quality.
There were times in this process I thought, there is no way this is going to happen. There are only so many hours in the day and it’s just me, standing against a multi-billion-dollar company. If I drop one ball, everything could fail; but here we are.
I huddled in the sewer for four hours, surrounded by dirt and stench, flies biting me all over. I knew the Taliban men had come to kill me.
With many of the initial COVID-19 cases, patients did not receive humane treatment because panic and dread took over. One can judge and say the medical teams involved are bad, neglectful people; however, fear blinded them.
The woman thanked me for saving her over and over again. She said, "I'm from Tigre. I was going to take the bus, and I don't know how I ended up in the car... they were raping me, they were raping me!"
I see human waste floating like dead fish around me. A skin-crawling mix of insects, drain flies, and spiders stick to the pipes and walls and swarm around me. I risk my life with each breath.
I managed to escape. I fled from the hell that held me captive. Thank God I still have a voice to say what happened to me.
Shock therapy used as torture on children at Lake Alice Hospital is well documented. The practice continued at Auckland General Hospital as late as 1999.
Omar Bekali, 45, is considered the first person to speak publicly about being detained in China’s concentration camps for Uyghurs.
The #BreakingCodeSilence movement estimates there are 100,000 teens being held against their will at over 1,000 facilities in the U.S.