Cannibalism in Syria

   I don’t usually write such articles on my blog, I usually tend to go for more upbeat topics, but this news came as such a shock to me, that I was left speechless. The only way I could express myself was through writing.

   While flipping through Le Monde, French newspaper, on the morning on May 15th, I read an article about a very violent and inhumane act that took place in Syria a couple of days ago: a Syrian man killed a Syrian soldier and then ripping his chest open, pulling his heart out and eating it. Yes, this is how out of control the situation has gotten in our neighbor country. 

   Time Magazine has confirmed that the video that has been online since May 12th is not fake. Khalid Al-Hamad, a member of rebel gang “Omar Al Farouq”, in Homs, is the man you see in the video. Time spoke with the man via Skype. Al-Hamad justifies his action by saying that he saw videos on the soldier’s phone showing him humiliating a naked woman and her two daughters.

   The Free Syrian Army and Humans Right Watch both condemn such barbaric acts that go against their values. The FSA is investigating on the situation in order to get all their facts straight before taking any action against the man. They ask to bare in mind that because the situation is out of hands, we can’t really be sure about who is responsible for the making of this video. 

   Anyone who reads the paper, goes on YouTube or who just owns a TV is aware of the atrocities that are taking place every day in Syria, throughout the country. But after a little over two years of civil war, it has become unclear who is responsible for what. With time, the rebels have become weaker and weaker: instead of uniting and forming one entity to fight the government forces, they are forming small groups and fighting each other. Heck, if things keep going that way, the government will soon enough be able to remove its forces and let them kill each other (I hope not…)

   But THIS! This is just a new low. (NB- I don’t even know how to start explaining how I feel: I have been staring at my screen for the past thirty minutes) To go as far as ripping the heart out of someone’s chest and eating it, is just sick. 

   First of all, raw food is unhealthy: it’s full of bacteria, let alone a human heart (has a few beats left in it right after we die) Some of us get food poison from sushi. Second of all, we live in twenty-first century, we’re supposed to have evolved into civilized society. We are (supposed to be) rational beings, we are not supposed to act like animals and respond to our basic instinct. Usually when I say that, the first response is “Easy for you to say, you are not in his/her situation”. No, I am not. But I am not an individual, I don’t live in an island far away from the rest of the world. I am an active member of a society. I can’t act in a selfish way. I know there is a court who will deal with those who have committed a crime. In the case of Syria, the International Court of Justice, in Hague, will judge and send to jail whoever is guilty and has committed any crimes against humanity. Killing is wrong. But, ripping a chest open and eating a heart is simply too barbaric and instinctive to be described. 

   I feel like I had to share my thoughts on the matter, here. I don’t feel like I’ve said enough, but I don’t think anyone can find the right words in such matters. 

This is the video (Graphic images)

Article published in Le Monde, in French

Cannibalisme en Syrie : l’ASL promet de punir le coupable

15.05.2013 à 11h09 • Mis à jour le 15.05.2013 à 13h22

Après la diffusion d’une vidéo montrant un chef rebelle mutilant le cadavre d’un soldat syrien pour lui prendre le cœur et le foie, le commandement rebelle en Syrieindique qu’il punira toute personne coupable d’exactions.

“Tout acte contraire aux valeurs pour lesquelles le peuple syrien verse son sang (…) ne passera pas sous silence et le coupable sera puni sévèrement, même s’il s’agit d’un membre de la rébellion, affirme dans un communiqué le commandement de l’état-major de l’Armée syrienne libre (ASL).
Il souligne qu’il a demandé au commandement opérationnel d’enquêter“rapidement” sur cette “vidéo mise en ligne sur les réseaux sociaux et dans laquelle la personne, qui prétend être membre de l’ASL, commet un acte monstrueux contre le cadavre supposé d’un soldat du régime criminel”.
“Les auteurs” de cette vidéo seront détenus et jugés, poursuit-il, appelant les citoyens syriens à ne pas hésiter à informer le commandement rebelle de “tout acte contraire à la loi commis par des personnes se présentant comme des membres de l’ASL ou de tout autre groupe combattant”. Le commandement rebelle “salue” également “tout rôle joué par les journalistes citoyens pour révéler ce genre d’actes, dans l’intérêt de notre cause”.
La vidéo mise en ligne lundi a suscité une vague de condamnations internationales mais aussi auprès des militants pour qui cet acte porte préjudice à la révolution. Selon Human Rights Watch (HRW), la vidéo montre “un commandant de la brigade rebelle Omar Al-Farouq“, de l’ALS.
Interrogé par Skype par le magazine américain Time, le rebelle, identifié comme Khalid Al-Hamad, assure avoir agi de la sorte après avoir découvert dans le téléphone portable du soldat tué des vidéos montrant ce dernier “humiliant” une femme nue et ses deux filles. Sur les images, il découpe le cœur et le foie du soldat en uniforme avant de lancer : “Nous jurons devant Dieu que nous mangerons vos cœurs et vos foies, soldats de Bachar le chien.”
L’insurgé se vante ensuite d’avoir en sa possession une autre vidéo le montrant en train de commettre d’autres atrocités, un phénomène croissant dans la guerre entre les troupes du régime de Bachar Al-Assad et la rébellion.
Depuis le début, en mars 2011, d’une révolte populaire devenue guerre civile, les vidéos montrant des exactions des belligérants se sont multipliées, régime et rebelles s’accusant mutuellement de crimes de guerre et contre l’humanité. Le conflit a fait à ce jour plus de quatre-vingt-quatorze mille morts, selon une ONG.


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