‘This was a plan that envisioned opening (live) fire on crowds of tens of thousands of protestors without safe exit including women and children’ reported Omar Shakir, Researcher for Human Rights Watch.
Adeela shifted uncomfortably from side to side on her makeshift bed; a mattress on the floor. She wanted to block her ears so that she wouldn’t hear the shouting that had been going on in the next room since early evening, but she also wanted to know what was being said. She had no idea what time it was, she had been sent to bed earlier than normal, but she knew that it was now quite late and that she wouldn’t be getting any sleep that night.
Adeela carried a glass of sugared water for Berel and placed it near him. Refusing to look at her, he slowly lifted the glass and took a sip, staring into it as though he were unsure of what else may be in there. As instructed, Adeela offered him a blanket but he shook his head and as he did so, Abbas snatched the moth-eaten blanket from Adeela.