This is Sayed Ali Al-Kareem. He is a 16 year old boy from Bahrain, who loves swimming, playing billiards and handball. He is a member of the Al-Ahli Club Handball Team where he has won several medals. He dreams of becoming a famous handball player one day.
Sayed Ali is known as a very friendly fun loving boy that loves to travel and barbecue with his family. Like many of the other young people in Bahrain he dreams of a free and democratic society, which he has learnt about from other countries through his school. But this dream it appears was to lead to terrible suffering.
Following the peaceful demonstration that tool place on 14th February in Bahrain, and the massive military clamp down that followed, Sayed Ali was arrested from his bed at 1.30am on 7th April by security forces who broke down the door at his family home, smashed up the house and took with them two laptops, a game boy and a camera.
His poor parents tried in desperation to found out where the police had taken him to but it was one month before they were told his whereabouts and were allowed to visit him. To their horror they saw marks of torture on his hands and his body when visiting him in prison.
On 3rd October he was charged in a military court for: attempted killing, illegal gathering, and destruction of public belongings. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Can you imagine your own son being abducted from his bed in the middle of the night and taken away to be tortured? Is this a regime that the West should be supporting?
Please write to or email (or better still visit) your Member of Parliament and express your concern regarding this case, just one of many atrocities currently taking place in Bahrain, each case carrying with it its own personal and tragic story of suffering. It is only with international pressure that the Bahraini people will ever see an end to such violations, and young boys such as Sayed Ali will ever get their lives back again.
If you want to know more about suffering in Bahrain please also read about the children getting gassed and the doctors tortured and sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.