It’s been over two years since the violence in Syria started, launching the country into a civil war between a government and its own people. An estimated 80,000 people have been killed in Syria since March 2011, according to the U.N., which adopted its fifth non-binding resolution related to the crisis on Wednesday, calling for a political transition in Damascus and condemning the government's use of heavy weapons.
Throughout the conflict, AC360 has spoken to Syrian activist Zaidoun al Zoabi for regular updates and accounts of the regime’s brutality. Zaidoun, whose father was a member of Syrian parliament, never shied away from using his real name, saying this revolution has enabled him to hear his voice for the first time. His activism led to his and his younger brother’s arrest last December. The Syrian secret police took them to a notorious facility known for torture. Zaidoun was released less than a month later. He later spoke with Anderson saying it was a “factory for madness and death.” His brother was never set free.
Unfortunately, AC360 has learned that Zaidoun has been detained once again and this time his family has no idea where he was taken. His family says he was stopped at a military checkpoint on April 26 near his home in the Damascus suburbs. He had his two young daughters with him at the time. His wife had to come and get the girls while he was being taken away by the regime’s forces. He was told he would only be gone for a half hour, but the family has not heard from him since.
Post by: Anderson Cooper, Deena Sami
Filed under: Syria
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