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The fathers and mothers of the kidnapped…Departing by force

Another departure for a father whose heart burned with longing for his kidnapped son behind the walls, what hardest parting for the heart of the father of journalist Abdel-Khaleq Imran, and he does not know how long his beloved son will remain inside the prison and under torture, and Abdel-Khaleq Imran how he will receive the death of his father by force.

For years, he did not see his face or embrace him, he did not accept the palm of his hand and his head, and he did not hear his supplications for relief.

How many departures will there be and how much injustice and tyranny will continue for detainees, journalists, and innocent people who lose their loved ones and whose soul is not happy with freedom

tears and blood

Last Thursday, Sheikh Ahmed Abdo Omran, the father of journalist Abdel-Khaleq Omran, who had been kidnapped in the prisons of the Houthi militia for more than six years, died without realizing his only dream of visiting and meeting his son, who has been detained since 2015 in the prisons of the Houthi militia.

The Houthi militia arrested journalist Abdul-Khaleq Omran, along with eight others of his colleagues in a hotel in the capital, Sanaa, in June of 2015, and framed them on multiple charges, on top of which was cooperating with what it called “aggression”, and deprived Abdul-Khaleq and his colleagues from seeing their families or even contacting them. Throughout the period of their detention, this was the deadly torture used by the Houthis against detainees, journalists and their families.

Imran’s father died, his body tired of coming and going to see his son, as his soul and eyes got tired, and he bid farewell to life, with a great longing in his heart for him..

As the father of Tawfiq Al-Mansoori, whose father passed away last June, passed away before him, he also departed with a broken heart, yearning to see his son.

On December 19, 2019, the mother of journalist Hassan Annab died, who dreamed of him knocking on the door, and entering to hug him for the last time, but she and her dream left.

uglier than death

Hisham Al-Yousifi, a former journalist kidnapped by the militias, told Al-Sahwa Net that the prisoner of the Houthi group goes through times when he prefers death to life because life in prison is more horrible than death itself!, The kidnapper goes through difficult times from the moment of the kidnapping, followed by the disappearance, interrogation, psychological and physical torture, in addition to health neglect. Prison wardens periodically torture prisoners and try to harm them.

Hesham added, “In winter, the abductees are deprived of clothes and supplies that relieve them of the cold, and the Houthis go with the aid provided by the organizations to prisons and take them to the fronts. On one occasion, large piles of clothes were confiscated from the kidnappers and collected in black bags and they went to the fronts to supply the fighters!

They are not human

In the “Masik” neighborhood, east of the capital, Sana’a, the mother of the detainee, Tawfiq Al-Matari, died while he was in Al-Houthi prisons because of his opinions, which he does not publish even in newspapers, but rather on his personal page on Facebook.

Tawfik says that they told him of his mother’s death and a smile of irony and gloating on their faces, then they delusional him that they had agreed to a temporary release to attend the funeral and mourning ceremony. Bringing all the required guarantees, the military called him and told him that it was just a “lie” and that he was not allowed to go out, after which Tawfiq lost consciousness from the severity of oppression and anger, and when he woke up, he did not find himself in the hospital as he was supposed to, but in the daily torture room, as if the torture that happened _ he says Tawfiq_ It was not enough, and these people were not human and did not have the slightest ounce of humanity or honor.

Another prisoner of conscience, Omar, recounts his suffering to “Al-Sahwa Net” by saying: “The one who looks at the prison in which she was arrested thinks that it belongs to criminals and those who have criminal records, but unfortunately there is very opposite of that, and you rarely find those who have cases.”

Omar, who just graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communication at Sana’a University, has been in prison for nine months due to anti-Houthi posts on Twitter.

On the second day of his arrest, Omar started talking to his fellow detainees and found the exact opposite of what he expected. The charges against them are all malicious, and all of them were under torture. One of them was putting a lamp in his head to see at night, so the Houthis accused him of using the lamp to indicate planes.

His father, Omar, passed away, “after the news of his arrest came to her, she suffered a heart attack from her fear for her father.

Omar recounts part of what he meant, saying, “He was in the prison an orphan for prayer, as the bathroom was rarely available, and the torture classes started from four in the morning until noon, and the torture varied between kicking, slapping, extinguishing cigarettes, violating humanity and depriving sleep.”

Omar concludes his speech to Al-Sahwa Net, “The Houthis do not hear the supplication of the oppressed, nor see his tears, nor feel his pain, nor have mercy on his children, wife and family. God will soon have them. Behind the window, the Houthi criminals were violating our humanity and trampling on our dignity, but God is the best of judges.”

Indescribable suffering

A former female prisoner of conscience, who asked not to be named, a middle-aged woman, spoke to us bitterly about her reality with the prison, saying: “One time I found myself in a closed room, crowded with prisoners whose crimes, ages, and regions differed. I was afraid, the room was almost dark. It is not well ventilated, there is no good hygiene, no health care.”

She added: As for harassment and attempts of sexual assault, they are things that happen on a daily basis. Rather, the common law there is in those prisons. Women must fight in Houthi prisons to preserve their honor. There is also assault and insult, and this we are used to, sometimes I was thinking, if all these horrors happen to women, what about what happens to the men detained in their custody? I used to think that these demons do not differentiate between a man, a woman and a child.

Journalists released from Houthi prisons say in press statements that they need To write books to describe “completely” what they went through and suffered in Houthi detention centers, as only God knows the hardships and suffering of our families in our absence.

It is noteworthy that there are still four journalists sentenced to death in these dark prisons, waiting for fate to intervene to save their lives and return them to their children and parents “before leaving life with broken hearts.”


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