Hamza al-Kateeb loved when the rain filled farmer's irrigation channels enough for him and his friends to swim in. He raised homing pigeons. And though not from a wealthy family himself, he was acutely aware that there were others less fortunate than him. He would often ask his parents for money to give to the poor.
However, in the hands of
President al-Assad's security forces, in this case the thugs of Airforce Intelligence, Hamza found no such compassion, his humanity degraded to nothing more than a lump of flesh to beat, burn, torture and defile, until the screaming stopped and his young life ended. Bashar
Hamza was arrested during a protest in Saida, 10km east of Daraa, On April 29. That day was dubbed "The Friday of Ending the siege on Deraa", the border city where the torture of children had lit the spark for the Syrian uprising and where Maher al-Assad's forces lead the assault on a civilian population that killed hundreds.
The child had spent nearly a month in the custody of Syrian security, and when they finally returned his corpse to his family on Tuesday 24th May it was horribly disfigured by the scars of unbelievably brutal torture.
Hamza's mutilated, castrated corpse had lacerations, bruises and burns to his feet, elbows, face and knees, consistent with the use of electric shock devices and of being whipped with cable. Both techniques of torture much favoured by
Assad's henchmen and well documented by Human Rights Watch as being used in Syrian prisons during the bloody three-month crackdown on protesters.
Hamza's eyes were swollen and black and there were identical bullet wounds where he had apparently been shot through both arms, the bullets tearing a hole in his sides and lodging in his belly. On Hamza's chest was a deep, dark burn mark. His neck was broken and his penis cut off.
Make no bones about it; I want you to see what that murdering bastard al-Assad is doing in