Hassan is a survivor of the brutal, ongoing civil war in
The scale of the violence is almost impossible to
comprehend. The situation is chaotic, with various military factions – rebels,
government and some terrorist groups – responsible for targeting civilians
because of religious affiliation, ethnicity, or to humiliate, intimidate and
Hassan was kidnapped by a Syrian military faction and
tortured for three months. In addition to beating him regularly, the torturers
hung Hassan by his arms and forced him to kneel for hours. He was deprived of sleep and subjected to a
terrifying mock execution.
Finally, after his family was able to pay a ransom, Hassan
Laura Takacs and Adrienne Carter are part of the healing team
with CVT Jordan. A mobile unit travels to communities in northern Jordan to
provide care to Syrian and Iraqi refugees. On a daily basis, up to 50 Syrians
are requesting care from our mobile unit.
|And while the actual torture
ended, Hassan continued to suffer. He had extreme anxiety and
hyper-vigilance, overreacting to unexpected noises. At night, he had trouble
sleeping. When he could sleep, he relived his torture through intense, violent
dreams. Deep depression and an inability to trust others made relationships
with his family and friends strained and turbulent.
In addition to the psychological trauma, Hassan had
lingering physical effects of his torture. Pain coursed through his upper back
and shoulders. Numbness in both arms hindered his ability to move easily and
Fortunately for Hassan, he learned about our work in Jordan.
After individual counseling, Hassan participated in group
therapy. He now reports that his
nightmares and anxiety have subsided. He
is better able to control his anger, which makes his family relationships not
just easier, but more fulfilling. To ease his pain and improve his mobility,
Hassan participated in group physical therapy. The pain and numbness have
disappeared, making everyday tasks easier.
While war rages in his home country, Hassan is adjusting to
life in Jordan. He is finding joy in the small things of daily life and
developing new relationships in his community.
Thank you for your continued support of our work. We deeply
value the compassion and generosity you show for survivors of torture and for
our healing teams in Jordan, Africa and the United States.
To protect the
confidentiality of this survivor, we have changed his name and some identifying
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