The following audio is a portion of WUSF's weekly public affairs program Florida Matters, which first aired January 14, 2014. Florida Matters guest host Bobbie O’Brien talks with a Syrian refugee who was granted political asylum in the U.S. and is living in Florida.
Mazen Jasem Al Mahmoud,30, shares what life was like in Syria before the revolution started, his surreal experience attending his first protest and then details of being detained and tortured several times by the al-Assad government.
Please note the story of survival by Syrian citizen Mazen Jasem Al Mahmoud contains sensitive material. We also are not publishing a photo of him because he fears it would further endanger his family still living in Syria.