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Sixty-eight prisoners are crammed into an overcrowded communal cell somewhere in the Afrin valley.When the area came under control by the regime in late 2016, Raslan, 24 years old at the time, fled with Syrian opposition fighter convoys, towards western Aleppo countryside.Raslan was sentenced to one year in prison by a judge who spoke only in Kurdish. Raslan was held incommunicado at Ghazzawiyah station prison for one month. Al-Aswad Prison is located on the Afrin-Raju road.According to testimony from former detainees, Al-Aswad prison is made up of seven hastily constructed cement dormitories that house between 800 and 1,000 detainees.Most detainees are either Kurds from the city of Afrin whose political backgrounds are contrary to the PKK/YPG ideology, or Arab citizens who support the Syrian revolution.This prompted many opposition fighters (including Al-Jabhat Al-Shamiyah and Sultan Murad Division), humanitarians, and media activists to flee to Afrin. As they fled, the YPG arrested countless numbers of people; confining them to Al-Aswad Prison. Khalifa al-Khuder is a Syrian writer and photographer, a former detainee in Daesh prisons, the author of the book "Stories from ISIS prisons in Syria," and winner of the Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press and Media in 2017 .
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