Virtual Reality Documentary Project
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In this 360° short documentary - Ahmad takes us on a tour
in the picturesque town of Strängnäs all the way into the
asylum center where he currently resides after fleeing the
war torn city of Aleppo, Syria.
On the first of October 2007 the Syrian secret police containing 10 agents and 20 soldiers made a breach at Ahmad’s house and took him to a military facility where he after two days of torture confessed that he’d been involved with anti-Assad activities.
Ahmad was kept as a prisoner at the military facility for a month. The month became two, three and four months.
After three years at the Sednaya prison in Damascus he was called to a five minutes long sentence hearing.
After three similar procedures without any judge or other legal figures present, Ahmad was stripped of his civic rights and his formal prison sentence was fixated to four years.
When he was released in the spring of 2011, the democracy movement had grown stronger and Syria was just about to enter the waves of demonstrations and revolutions that swept over the region. Ahmad was determined to finish his studies and was also able to do so after several quarrels with the regime agencies.
During the two years it took for Ahmad to finish up his studies the protests had escalated to a full scale civil war. Once again he was put under the radar of the regime, which recruiting young men for the army.
For a year he hid to get away from both of his inevitable destinies to either get caught and recruited to the army or caught and executed for treason.
He had enough. He fled.
When I ask him how the hell he managed to get through all of this he replies with a suppressed laughter: ”Somehow I managed to escape and come to Sweden”.