This week marks a decade since Fadwa Mahmoud’s husband and son went missing.
“Do you have any idea the pain we suffer every minute of every day since we lost them?” Mahmoud, a Syrian woman now living in Berlin, told DW. “Ten years with no news. I just need to know if they are dead or alive.”
Her husband, Abdul-Aziz al-Khair, and son, Maher, disappeared after Maher went to Damascus airport to pick up his father on September 20, 2012. Al-Khair was a member of the opposition to the government of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and was likely detained by intelligence agents. His 34-year-old son and another opposition member, Eyas Ayyash, were also detained.
The men are among an estimated 100,000 to 150,000 Syrians who have gone missing during the country’s civil war, which began in 2011…