Like thousands of others, Omar Alshogre was repeatedly tortured in Bashar al-Assad’s prisons—but unlike so many, he got out. Now he’s telling the world about the regime’s industrial-scale brutality.

“I wake up tired. I’m running in all of my dreams. It’s either the intelligence service running after me or I’m in prison”

"I've seen over 10 000 dead bodies here, if you tell me that humanity died I won't let down a tear. Don't worry about me"

As many as 200,000 people languish in Bashar al Assad's prisons today. Prisoners are systematically tortured, raped, starved and murdered. The case against Assad is ironclad.

Off The Grid had gained rare access to men and women who survived years of torture inside Syria’s prisons. “Syria’s slaughterhouses” provides a rare insight into Bashar Al-Assad’s detention system. Including the account of a former guard of Saydnaya, the most infamous prison in Syria. Prisoners are sent there to die and have to endure constant torture and inhuman treatment.

STOCKHOLM (NRK): Da Omar Alshogre ble smuglet ut av Syria veide han 35 kilo og hadde tuberkulose. På et venteværelse i Stockholm tok livet en brå vending i møte med en svensk småbarnsfamilie.

Omar al-Shogre says he spent 10 months in the Saydnaya prison. He says he was arrested at age 17 and was held in various Syrian prisons for more than two years before he was sent to Saydnaya.

Now living a positive life in Sweden, Omar Alshogre spent three years detained without trial in Syria, suffering torture and inhumane treatment. He tells The Local contributor Jamil Walli about surviving the horrors of life in prison, and his plans for a new future in Stockholm.

De bröt hans ben och gav honom elchocker. De hängde upp honom och torterade honom framför hans släktingar. Mot alla odds överlevde Omar, 21 – nu vill han berätta sin historia.