DAY 876 - AUGUST 1, 2013


Buoyed by the ISIS takeover in many parts of Eastern Syria, Al Qaeda members perform a daring prison break at Abu Ghraib, the famed US jailhouse used during the American occupation in Iraq. Consequently, Al Qaeda frees more than 500 high-ranking terrorists into the Iraqi desert and Israel's Director of Military Intelligence warns that Syria is becoming a hotbed for global jihadists. Britain and France confirm that Sarin gas was used in Syria during the spring. In response, UN weapons inspectors say they will visits three locations where chemical weapons were allegedly deployed. Iran, one of Assad's strongest allies, extends a $3.6 billion credit line to Syria while Russia pushes forward with arms shipments to the regime, despite intense international pressure to break ties with the Syrian government. Furthermore Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia, promises to propel Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's forces to victory. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon says that the situation in Syria has now claimed over 100,000 lives.

You and Aasfa spend the next three months filing down the base of the small window in your cell using a rusted nail you pulled out of the wall. It's hard to do it without others noticing but you manage. At the same time you are barely eating in the hopes that you will lose enough weight in order to squeeze through the tiny basement opening. You both maintain your mental strength by reinforcing the goal of all this: getting your children back. Finally the day arrives when you are able to remove the grate covering the window. You wait until nightfall and then Aasfa removes the covering and boosts you through the window. As you turn your head to survey the area, you see the dog running at you. Then the barks come. You aren't sure if you should just slide back into the cell or make a break for it. Unfortunately you don't have time to do either. You hear the wizzing of bullets behind you before you feel them. In that moment you lose consciousness and lifelessly seep backwards, back into the cell.

You have been killed.