While on his way to a protest in suburban Cairo, Amir Ayad was abruptly stopped by a group of civilians who were checking vehicles for weapons. “I mistakenly thought they were police,” Amir told ICC. “When they saw my ID card they found out that I was a Christian, they hit me on the head from behind and I lost consciousness. I woke up to find myself lying down on the floor of Belal Ibn Rabah mosque in Al-Moqattam.”
The mosque where Amir found himself had been transformed into a torture facility. “Inside the mosque I was tortured, naked, my legs were tied, and my hands were tied behind my waist,” he explained. “They came with thick wooden sticks and metal rods and started to hit my legs and arms in order to break my bones.”
Above is an excerpt from our July newsletter. It is a work of God that Amir made it out alive from the torture chamber: “After beatings, abuse, and electric shock, it’s a miracle that I’m not dead,” he said.
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