Syria disappeared: Where is Anas al-Shogre?
Update 1 January 2013: Write for Rights has now ended, and this action has closed. 

A huge thank you to everybody who left a message of support for Anas's family, we were bowled over by your response. We are gathering the messages together and will get them to Anas's family in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, thank you again for taking the time to leave such thoughtful messages. If you haven't seen them, read the messages now

Anas al-Shogre has been detained incommunicado since May 2011. His family do not know where he is, they fear for his safety and wellbeing. Omar Assil, leading member of the Syrian Non Violence Movement, reflects on Anas' bravery and the situation in Syria. 

Anas al-Shogre Deadly clashes in Syria have become so common that news of yet another arrest, disappearance or attack on protestors by security forces often fails to make it to the front pages of international media. I know only too well the risks involved in taking part in peaceful protest. 
 
Before arriving in the UK in September 2011, I took part in several demonstrations in Damascus. I always managed to avoid arrest, but witnessed first-hand the brutal treatment protesters were subjected to at the hands of police and security forces. Brutality that began just minutes in to the peaceful protests.

One of the many Syrians who were not so lucky is Anas al-Shogre. He has been detained and denied communication with the outside world since the night of 14 May 2011, when he was arrested in Banias, Syria. The authorities have not said where he is being held and have not revealed the reasons for his arrest.

But it isn’t that hard to imagine. Anas was one of many who called for anti-government protests in Banias, right at the beginning of the uprising. He bravely led the protests and reported on them for the international media – including BBC Arabic. He exposed the human rights violations being committed by the Syrian authorities in the city. Anas’s family and local human rights activists believe that this is why he was arrested, and I am inclined to agree with them. 
 
Tortured and imprisoned for speaking out
 
The people at Amnesty are worried. They think that Anas could be a prisoner of conscience - detained for peacefully expressing his views. They also fear that Anas has been tortured. Given the testimonies collected in their report this seems highly likely. 
 
Anas has almost certainly experienced the horrific methods of systematic torture that have become so commonplace following the massive wave of arrests taken place during the Syrian uprising, torture meted out by the Syrian government, security forces and ‘shabiha’ gangs.. The treatment of detainees is so violent that many have said to me they wished that they had died before the ‘shabiha’ gangs had got their hands on them.
 
Standing in defiance on the streets of Syria
 
Despite the huge danger, Syrians have not given up. Many of my friends who got arrested are back on the streets protesting the same day they are let out of prison. They are peacefully standing up for their human rights, in defiance against the Syrian regime. And they do so in the name of those who now can’t and who paved the ground for this defiance. People like Anas. 
 
"He is so brave. The thing that makes Anas distinct from other people is his courage" - Anas's brother Ibrahim al-Shogre.
 
Messages from people around the world can be a great source of hope for families in situations like this. You can stand in solidarity with Anas and send a message of support to his family by adding a comment below. Our friends at Amnesty will ensure that your message reaches them. 

 

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294 comments

The bravery and self-sacrifice shown by Anas humbles us all. He and you his family are constantly in my thoughts and I fervently hope for the day when justice will prevail and he returns to you safely.

Your son, Anas has not been forgotten, he is a very brave man. Please know that you and Anas are in our thoughts. I hope it is not long before your struggle is over and he is safely back with you. Keep strong.

I really hope that Anas comes home next year. He is such a brave man. Sending you strength and solidarity.

May the New Year bring Anas home to you. I have a son and my heart goes out to you in your time of trouble.

I wish you courage and strength and justice and freedom, from Cristine Ferguson, Orkney, Scotland, UK

I can't imagine my own son doing anything so courageous. You must be so proud of Anas. I just hope and hope that you will soon have him back with you, safe and well.

I really hope that you find your son soon, I can't imagine what it must feel like for you, you are so brave.

To the family of Anas, your son looks like an Angel. Did you know what the meaning of his name is?: name Anas is 'Pleasant companionship, friendliness'. It is evident from his picture that Anas is deep down a gentle soul. Keep your prayers and thoughts for Anas in a high vibration and imagine he is surrounded in Gods light and protection at all times. I always pray to Archangel Michael also for protection and also Archangel Raphael for healing.

He was very brave to stand up for righteousness and Jesus would have been proud. I pray that he is found and released and kept safe and pray that those inprisoning him get filled with the love and light of Jesus especially at Christmas time. Believe this with all your heart and know that it will be done!! Dont lose faith!

I cannot imagine how terrible it is for you not to know where your beautiful son is. I am thinking of you and of him. The world is lucky to have such brave people. Sent with love.

I am thinking of you and send a message of support. I hope that Anas will be found soon.

You are all so brave. I am hoping Anas will be found soon.

To you the beautiful family of Anas, I know that you will be feeling lost and powerless right now but be assured that our God is in control and He will be in the prison with Anas and with you in your homes. It is when we are weak and at our lowest that God comes to us in a very real way and He is our strength and comfort.
You are not alone, you are in my prayers and the prayers of many thousands across this world of our.
May the peace of God that passeth all understanding give you rest at this most stressful time for you all.
God bless you. Stephen Lion........

Anas is an inspiration for standing up for what he believed is wrong. Now we around the world must do the same for him. We are all behind you and Anas, and thinking of you all.

Bullies are the same the world over and must be challenged by good people - his actions show that Anas is a good person and that cannot be changed. He is greater than all of the bullies that torment his country.

owenmchugh

I am thinking of you. Be strong.

You are all in our thoughts. Sending you strength to survive this heart-breaking situation. You and Anas are not forgotten.

May you find courage where you are in the support of friends, family and others around the world.
Jon.

Our prayers are with your family as you keep fighting to seek the truth about what happened to Anas. May you find comfort and hope in the support you have from all around the world.

Dear Family of Anas. There are many that have mobilised to help your son/brother/cousin/father. Be strong.

Such courage. May you be safe and stay brave.

There's a world out there thinking of you. Stay brave!

Thinking of you.

I wish you, your family and friends strength in this very difficult time. Please know that you are not alone.

Your son is a hero - role model for all Arab youth. Inshallah ya rabb he'll make it back home

my thoughts are with you and your family - stay strong we are all behind you. zoe.

My thoughts are with you - in solidarity, Richard

you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

My heart goes out to you. Be strong, have faith, he will come home.

Thinking of you and your family. May you soon go home.

We are all thinking of you. We hope so much that Anas will come home soon. Stay strong. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Thinking of and praying for you. Very best wishes for your son and for Syria.With sympathy and admiration. Kate

As a father, I hope you are reunited with your son soon, and that peace comes to Syria. We won't forget Anas and the cause he stands for. Much love and solidarity to Anas's family and friends.

We all stand in solidarity, and offer our love and support. You are not forgotten, progress will be made.

sending best wishes for you all at this most diffiult of times

I send you my best wishes and sincerely hope that you will soon be reunited with Anas. He is a man of great courage and integrity.
You are all in my thoughts during these difficult times. Please be assured that you are not forgotten and that many, many people throughout the world support you and salute Anas and all his fellow citizens who are speaking out for justice and freedom in Syria.

May Anas al-Shogre be safely reunited with his family.

I send my sympathy to the family and friends of Anas but cannot imagine the torment you must be suffering by not knowing his whereabouts or his situation. You must be as brave as Anas and gain strength to endure your pain until he returns home.
Anas is admired all over the world for his strength and courage because he was not afraid to speak out on human rights violations.
I wish you peace. I wish Syria peace. I wish Anas peace and a safe return home soon.

Sending you best wishes and hoping that you and your son are reunited very soon. People like him inspire Amnesty supporters worldwide to continue to campaign for freedom and the protection of human rights.

I hope that you will be realeased soon. My thoughts are with you and your family. Remember, after every difficulty there lies a reward...

Cannot imagine what you are going through as a family. All my thoughts and prayers are with you in hope that you will soon be reunited with your brave son.

Anas is one of the heroes who is changing the world. We will see him free. And we will see truth and justice prevail.

'Evil wins when good men do nothing'.

Anas is a good man who has done so much.

The world stands in solidarity with him and his family.

I pray for peace in Syria soon and for a government of fairness and integrity

Standing with you and your family in solidarity at this difficult time. I am in awe of Anas' courage and bravery and willingness to stand up for basic freedoms. I sincerely hope you are reunited soon.

Thinking of you and sending love across the ocean to Anas and his family

Your sons bravery is truly humbling. We at amnesty stand in solidarity with you.

The horror of what you are going through is immense and I hope you and your son are soon reunited. You and your country are in my thoughts and I am holding you in the light. In Peace.

I cannot begin to imagine the anguish you are going through but you are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Please God you will soon hear news of your brave young son.

Thinking of you and hoping with all my heart that you will hear something of your extremely brave son very soon.

I am a Year 7 pupil at Lilain Baylis Technology School in London and am writing this on behalf of my tutor group 7B.

Anas and his family are very strong throughout this time. We wish the best for him and our hearts are with him all the time. We hope everything goes in the best way possible for everyone in Syria, especially people like Anas and his family. We have not forgotten him and we hope he returns home safely.

Please remember that, while you suffer like this, our hearts are breaking with you and, full of love for you, send you any strength we can in the hope that it helps you stay strong. For Anas, we hope that he somehow learns that the outside world is looking for news of him and have not forgotten him

Please remember that, while you suffer like this, our hearts are breaking with you and, full of love for you, send you any strength we can in the hope that it helps you stay strong. For Anas, we hope that he somehow learns that the outside world is looking for news of him and have not forgotten him

The prayers and thoughts of many people are with you and your wonderful and brave son, and we ask you not to give up hope. Evil, violence, hatred and injustice never last for ever, even though there are times of great darkness; in the end, goodness, peacefulness and love overcome their opposites to triumph in the race of life and light, the race made plain in the message of the gospels, to which we look for strength and reassurance. God bless you, all of you, especially Anas, and keep you safe.

You must be so proud of Anas. My thoughts are with you all at this terrible time. May god bless you

Mary Hardwick

Our thoughts are with you - you are not alone.

To the family of Amas...
my thoughts are with you, your son is a very brave young man. I hope your son is returned to you very soon.
Peace and love to you all
from a mother of three sons x

I wish you all the hope in the world for Anas to return home safely.

To Anas's family I send my full support. I can't imagine how awful it must be to have your son taken in this way. I have three sons who I hope are safe and well. I pray that you will soon have yours restored safely to you.

I am so sorry about what you are going through. Your son is in my thoughts and I hope and pray that you will have him back with you soon.

To Anas's family, please hold on to hope, you have the support of people all over the world. We stand by you and support you. Peace be with you, Teresa x

All compassionate people of the world give you & your brave son Anas, their support & prayers.

I have lightened a candle everyday in my home to remember the people like your brave family member who is risking his life for many thousands of other people.

I stand with you in solidarity and hope.

Michael

I send you all my good wishes and hope that Anas is OK and he will soon be free. Lots of people around the world are thinking about you all and the hard times you must be going through while he is away, but keep strong, please, you are really brave and he is a remarkable example for activists worldwide. My best wishes.

Your bravery is remarkable and inspiring. Stay strong as we all wish for Anas' safe return.

Stay strong! The world is doing their best to help you. The truth WILL come out and Anas WILL be free! I'm proud of everything he worked to acheive.

Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time - but stay strong and beleive that Anas will return. He is an inspiration to the world as we continue the struggle against oppressive regiemes. Be strong and be proud of this exceptional young man. Some day soon we hope that peace will abound in Syria and Anas can come home.

I am thinking of you and wish you strength,courage and hope.

I wish you strength, courage and hope.

Hi Ibrahim, I was deeply saddened to read through Amnesty International about the plight of your family regarding your missing brother. It breaks my heart to think of the pain that you are all enduring and I pray for you all. It is my profound hope and prayer that Anas is safe and well, that you will receive news and that he will be returned to his loving family very soon. I can see from the photograph that your brother has a brave and gentle soul -our world is a better place for people like him.I hope that one day your country will be the fair and peaceful nation it's people deserve.
I know that at this time things seem very grim to you and your family, but your brave brother is in this situation because he cares for the living standards of his family and country. In a way he is a soldier - fighting for a better life for everyone in Syria, you must be proud of him and think of him in this way.

As we approach our winter festival of Christmas in the west, I hope that our season of special goodwill will bring a happier time for Syria and the region - and that your brother will be returned to you very soon. I will follow your case closely - please be assured that Anas's safe return to his family means a great deal to me. I will be watching for news. May the blessings of Allah be with your whole family and nation -my very best wishes of love and peace - Susan

You have been incredibly brave, and have been treated so unfairly. I hope your situation changes soon. Chris, UK.

I live in England and have a secure and comfortable life, though I've had some experience of pain and sorrow for my children's lives. But I know that I cannot imagine your pain and anxiety about Anas. I am sure you must be very proud of him, and I send you my love and support even though I have never met you. The world needs young people with courage and convictions, but I pray that you have your son returned to you very soon, and that you have the courage and strength to remain positive for him. My heart goes out to you.

Anas is such a brave young man, I pray and hope that Syria will soon enter its Arab Spring, thanks to his shining actions and those of so many other Syrian people like him... Our hearts are with him and his family in their immense struggle and suffering...

Your bravery and resolve should serve as inspiration for people around the world. I cannot begin to imagine your suffering and I hope you are released soon.

Anas, we will find you and you and your people will have justice!

Anas' bravery is an inspiration to us all. We will not forget him, and we stand with you as you wait courageously for his return.

I wish you all strength and hope as you wait for news of your son. It is the greatest of human traits to stand up peacefully for what is right, despite the threat of violence that he faced. May he come home to you soon.

I hope your brave young son is soon returned to you safely - we are thinking of you and praying for you. We want to stand beside you.

Let us hope that the many thoughts and prayers bring Anas home safely.
He is a brave young man.

I am very sorry you are experiencing this awful time because of the disappearance of your son.
I will pray for him and that those who hold him will be moved to release him or explain everything that has happened.
I have written to the authorities requesting immediate information about your sons whereabouts.
Please know that you are not alone in your concerns and that many people are doing all they can to cause the Syrian authorities to be honest and open with us all about this incident.
I pray for all of God's blessings to be upon you all.
Terry O'Dea

You must be so proud of your son's bravery. I hope and pray that he will be returned to you safely.

Your brave and selfless son Anas is a shining beacon of outstanding courage. My fervent prayer is that he will soon be released and reunited with you and that the terrible suffering throughout Syria will end and peace be restored.

Your son, Anas, is so brave. I am sure you are very proud of him. I pray that he is still alive and will return to you.

People across the world are thinking of you and trying to help. I hope Anas returns soon.

I am so sorry that you must be torn in two but you have a son of rare and supreme courage and it is through precious individuals like him that good may triumph. I sincerely hope that you will be reunited with him very soon and that your bleeding country also will soon know peace with a strong, wise and compassionate government.

Thinking of you and praying for you - we can only imagine how you must be feeling. May God be with you and especially with your brave and honourable son. And may you be together soon . . . your suffering country is in our thoughts and prayers.

I have a son the same age. I can only guess at the anguish his family are experiencing. Amas is an amazingly strong and principled young man, to speak out and keep speaking out against such barbarism takes a very special kind of bravery. I will pray for him and his family, for his safe return to them and for the violence in Syria to subside. Thinking of you all with affection and admiration.

Like many other people I hope that Anas comes through these terrible times and that you will soon be reunited. The thoughts of the world are with him and Syria.

Sending you much love and kindness. This must be so difficult for you but so many people respect and support you and Anas in your struggle.

Anas like all of us has a spirit or energy, however you like to define that essence. He may currently be detained and experiencing unpleasantness but his captors cannot remove Anas. They cannot deny him. His existence. They cannot undo the positive acts that he has done. They cannot scratch out his peaceful mark on history and life. All that they can do is choose to destroy themselves or choose to be better to themselves and others. Either way without Anas's permission to undo his goodness and have himself disappear from life, his captors are powerless. They can only decide things incidental to Anas's life.

Anas will not, I believe and I'm sure you his family believe, grant such permission to his captors. Please know that many people stand with you now in spirit and know that beneath a storm lies calm waters and only on calm waters can we reach our destination. Be still and face the storm with unwavering stillness and know that you will be carried to your destination on that calm water beneath.

My thoughts go to Anas and his family. I hope the future brings you brighter days.

I would like to send the family of this brave young man a message of support, and a fervent wish that you are re-united with him very soon.
Please be aware that courageous individuals like him are admired the world over and they are thought of and prayed for.
The world needs young men like him.
The horrific situation in Syria is a blot on the landscape of humanity,
and I feel for every person living there.
May there be peace soon.
You are in my prayers.
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.

I want the family of Anas to know that I am thinking of them and will be praying for their strength and the safe return of Anas.

I send all my best wishes to Anas and his family, hoping that they will soon be reunited.

I want the family of Anas to know that I am thinking of them and will be praying for their strength and the safe return of Anas.

Hoping that Anas al_Shogre will be found and returned safely to his family soon. Thinking of you all.

My thoughts are with this brave and inspirational young man and his family.

Judy Aliferis

Thinking about this brave man and hoping for his release soon.

Sending the family of this brave young man lots of blessings , I will be thinking of you all

I am sending thoughts of support to Anas and his family. I hope you will all be reunited very soon. Anas must be a very brave man to stand up for his and his fellow Syrians rights. Wish you all the best. Belinda

I hope you hear from son soon, you are in my and my families thoughts. Nicola

As the mother of a 13 year old boy I feel for you deeply. I hope your son is soon in touch with you. I'm pleased that Amnesty is helping you and that you're not alone in your struggle. Wishing you All the Best Carolyn Phillips United Kingdom xx

Keep strong. Keep hoping and know the support of the world is with you. Much admiration to Anas, for his courage and doing what most fear to do. The world needs more strong, peaceful men like him.

Much love to and hope from the UK to Anas and his family,
J.

Anas' courage is an inspiration to people around the world. My thoughts are with him and his family.

I feel so sorry for Anas and his family. I do hope this Amnesty Action will help to get him reunited with his family. I hope he is safe.
I admire Anas, he is a brave young man.
Love from England
J.

I should like to add my support for Anas' brave actions in standing up for the rights of his countrymen, and hope sincerely that he will be reunited safely with his family and friends whose faith has been so sorely tested over the last months. My thoughts are with all Syrians who have been terrorised by the events of the last year, especially Anas and his family.

I hope that you and your brave family can take some comfort in knowing that you are all in our thoughts at this awful time. Hopefully your sufferings will soon be at an end. Keep the faith.

Bless Anas, I am hoping with all my heart that he is safely reunited with his family. We will not forget about you Anas.

Anas' bravery is an inspiration to us all. We think of him and of his family and all the people of Syria and hope he will come back to you soon, and your suffering will end with a peaceful resolution.

The world is behind Anas and behind you. His courage will inspire others to act in his name and that of the Syrian people. Stay firm and hopeful, for Anas and for Syria.

Michael.

Anas is an inspiration to many people because of his courage and dedication to justice and freedom. May he return safely to all his family who are in our thoughts.

Thinking of you and Anas and hoping for the best for you

Anas' courage and selfless determination for better conditions for the people of Syria is awe-inspiring. Anas deserves the highest accolades society has to offer him. The whole world is watchign what Syria does with Anas now. He must return home safely and immedaitely or the whole world will know how far the Syrian government has gone wrong.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Anas. Stay strong.

Anas is not forgotten. He is in our thoughts. We are standing with him and his family.

I am thinking of and praying for Anas and everyone struggling for peace and freedom. I hope he'll be back safe with you soon. Stay brave, strong and positive. You're not alone, I am standing with you.

Thinking of Anas and everyone struggling for peace and freedom. I hope he'll be back safe with you soon. Stay brave, strong and positive. You're not alone, we stand with you.

Blessings to Anas and his family. Anas, I hope that somehow you are getting the message that you are not alone in spirit, so many people do care. For Anas' family and closest friends, continue to find hope, strength, and courage to carry forward the mission of having Anas returned to you safely. May those sequestering Anas urgently find within themselves compassion and courage to stop their cruel and destructive campaign of terror, and allow people of Syria to be free and safe.

Holding you all in my heart. As a group this weekend we are sending healing and prayers out to those in need. We will send beautiful energy to yourselves, your son and to the higher selves of his captors to release him on compassionate grounds.

Know that around the world are people united with you as a family

May the hope expressed in all these messages join together to persuade his captors to release him, and give you the strength to keep your vigil. When it is time you will be reunited and be a family again, and then we can all give thanks.

May you gain strength from the all the action, words and prayers from people on every continent. I pledge to do what I can, inshallah, to help you find Anas.

If everyone in the world were made of the same stuff as is Anas, it would be an immeasurably better place. He is not and will not be forgotten. May he return safely to you.

Your brave boy is made of the stuff that your country will need to rebuild itself! I hope that he will return as a man who will be equipped to lead. Bless you, be strong.

Know that persons with a human heart are suffering with you, although your suffering is greater than we 'free people' can imagine. I hope that these messages of support reach your heart and comfort you in your loneliness and fears, may it bring you hope and courage.

Thinking of you from our place of safety and hoping good news will come of this campaign!

Anas courage in the pursuit of freedom is inspiring. So is the strength of his family. You are not alone. Your fight for a fairer world must engage us all.

You strength and courage at this difficult time is being supported by thousands around the world. I pray fervently for your safety and speedy release of Anas, a brave young man, peacefully standing up for his rights and beliefs of making this a fairer world to be part of.
We continue to uphold Anas and you, his loving family.

We pray for strength for the family of Anas. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Sometimes it takes a long time for the rest of the world to wake up to support a struggle for freedom and liberty. But eventually it will, and Anas's sacrifices will not be in vain.
Keep strong.

Many people around the world are thinking of you and praying for you. We are all holding out hope for the safe return of Anas. Remember that you are not alone.

My thoughts are with you all at this terrible time. Anas is a beacon of strength and hope in an oppressive world. You are not alone, the world is watching. I thank Anas for his courage, and for yours. \may you all be reunited soon.

To Anas and your family, be strong, many are thinking of you and share your convictions for justice and fairness. Anas you have shown great courage and I hope you are re-united with your family soon.
You are never alone, nobody can take that away. Stay strong and heartfelt positive thoughts to you all.

To all the family of Anas, do not give up hope. Anas peacefully protested for human rights, despite the huge risks that involved. He is an inspiration to me to stand up for rights for all.

The world is a better place for having people with the courage and commitment displayed by Anas al-Shogre. I hope and pray that good news comes soon for Anas al-Shogre,his family and Syria.

We are trying to find you out safe ASAP, please stay tough, what you did was giving us a lot, we dont lose hope, let keep on fighting for unjustice .
saeko

You are an amazing beacon of strength and hope, Anas. I will say a prayer for you. I hope that wherever you are you will find the strength to keep going, until the day you are free to be reunited with your family. My thoughts are with you too - may love and peace prevail, and keep Anas from harm. Wishing you love, comfort and my utmost support with this message - let's look for the light at the end of the tunnel, as we fight for Anas with our hearts together... Jane xx

You have shown such courage. Stay strong. We are thinking of you. We all long for the cruel regime in Syria to fall and we all hope brave people like you will one day be free.

Courage; you are not alone, the thoughts of many are with you.

Asalaamulaikum wa rahmat Ullah my dear dear brothers and sisters

May Allah swt shower you all with mercy and reunite you with your beloved Anas. He truly is a remarkably brave young man!
We pray for him and the countless others like him to be freed from the tyranny and cruelty of the regime. Just like pharaoh the regime will be removed and can never last.
May Allah swt unite you all as a family and as an Ummah.
We pray for you all for sakeena and fat'ha.
With our duas
Wasalaam from UK

It's hard for me to come up with words of consolutation, something to help soothe the tremendous pain you must feel in your heart, your soul, but I will try. You must remain strong. You must stay positive and visualize your son returning home to your open arms. You must think this non stop, every day, several times a day. Visualize him being returned home, back to your safety. My love and prayers are with you, though from afar, they are still there by your side. Many others are together with you as well. May your son be returned. May he come home to feel the love of his family, his friends. I will keep Anas in my prayers.

This month the days may get shorter but be assured that the light will triumph.

You are part of the hope for the future.

Ian

You are never alone. No matter how hard it gets, no matter how unimaginable the pain. You are never alone.

Salams my brothers and sisters of Syria and especially the family of Anas.You are all in our prayers, may Allah remove the cruelty, injustice and oppression that has come to your blessed land and may he reunite you all with your loved ones.InshAllah your victory will come soon, you are an inspiration to all of us.

Speaking out is so easy for us - let us hope that one day it will be for you; if so, it will be thanks to you and others like you.

This man of courage is like the Amnesty candle - a light in the darkness. The upbringing and support he has received from his family must have played a large part in making him the man he has become.
Thoughts are with you.

You are in our thoughts

I hope and pray that Anas will be returned to you safely very soon. His courage and his desire to do what he believed to be right are so inspiring to many and his actions will never have been in vain. I hope that as a result of the action of Anas and others like him, those who have taken him will learn to respect the lives and rights other human beings. He is part of a shining light in the world where more and more of us are connected in ways we never imagined in the past. We can make a change in this sometimes dark world, especially with people like Anas to call us higher and convict us of the need to fight peacefully for justice. May God bless your family powerfully. Love and humble respect to you all.

I have tremendous admiration for your courage.

It is the hardest thing in the world, to not know where someone is when you love and cherish them. Anas has shown such great courage, you must have enabled him to be this courageous. I pray that he will be set free and that your struggle will prevail.

Be strong and courageous, we stand in solidarity with you and Anas. I pray that you are reunited soon

I live in a country where one can peacefully demonstrate without fear of brutal retaliation I truly hope that your country will one day experience that.

Anas is a brave individual suffering at the hands of a brutal regime. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. My son is only a year older than Anas and I cannot imagine him going through what Anas is going through.

I can't imagine having to cope with such terrible injustices. I don't think I would and am overwhelmed with admiration for you and people fighting for freedom taking such great risks. I am living in a different world but my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you and hope that in some way that helps.

Anas stood up for many. Now we are standing up for him.

I admire your courage Anas to speak out for freedom and justice. May you soon be reunited with your family.
Ron

Brave people like Anas are the salt of the earth. I pray that you may soon hear some news of him. Be strong like him - it is not easy but you will win through at the end.

Norman

My thoughts are with you and your family. Be strong and believe that the nightmare will end soon. The world is watching and listening. Please don't lose heart.

May you all be united soon

Hoping and praying for Anas.

what a courageous man, thinking of you stay strong!!

Just to let you know that I'm thinking of you here in Scotland.
I hope you will be free soon and your fight for justice will be realised. Liane x

You're not alone.Be strong and believe xx

in such difficult times, words seem meaningless but i just wanted to express my deepest sympathy with you and i hope your loved one will return to you safely. Alun

Anas, you are a very brave and inspirational man. You are in our thoughts and we hope you'll soon be free.

The right of a human to speak up for his truth and the rights of his countryman to free speech is an intrinsic part of being human/e

Standing with you. Have strength and courage.

Wherever you are stay strong and know we are with you in spirit.

I hope you can be strong. Your son is so very brave and this will be rewarded.

Be strong Anas. Your strength and courage will see you through to a better world where you belong.

I am inspired by hearing of Anas and his courage in the face of tyranny. May he be reunited with his family very soon. They are, no doubt, hugely proud of him.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and with Anas'. Against the size of the worry you are holding, I can do so little except cry with you and send my love to you all, and that I do in abundance. As more and more people hear of your sons courage and generosity, the power of love gathers strongly around you; around him. May you soon be embracing each other with joy and freedom.

I admire such courage and I hope very much for the release of Anas and for people of goodwill to prevail over tyrants.

Anas' courage, and yours as you continue to look and fight for him, is a true witness to the good within humanity. I pray that Anas' light and your will shine brightly in the darkness of Syria and help bring a new dawn. I will pray with you and call with you for Anas' release and for peace and reconciliation in your nation.
Rachel, England

I feel humbled by the courage shown by your son and other Syrians in the face of such inhumanity. I hope so much that you find Anas and that until then, you gain strength from each other to endure what must surely be the most painful of times.

May the support of thousands across the globe bring you some comfort at this time of anguish and desperation.

Your months of anxiety concerning the disappearance of Anas al_Shogre must be agonising. I simply want o offer my sincere sympathy, and will help press for information on his whereabouts.

You did the right thing. Find the courage to see it through.

Such courage in the face of this relentless brutality.....I hope that you and your family can keep your spirit and hope alive and that you'll be reunited soon.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You are a very brave human being. I agree with the other person who said that Syria should be proud to have one such as you as a citizen who will stand up for others.

Brave, brave man. The world needs more people like you. To your family, stay strong and keep fighting for him.

Anas, thinking of you and your family, may you all know freedom and peace soon. Please know you are not alone, stay strong.

Thinking of you, Anas al-Shogri, and hoping you will soon be released. Syria should be proud to count such a brave man as a citizen.

Sending my best wishes and support and urging others to take action as we here have. My thoughts are with you.

Keep your spirit Anas, you're a really brave guy and the world needs more people like you. I hope that you will be reunited with your family soon.

The Syrian authorities may have tried to forget you, Anas, but the rest of the world won't now that Amnesty are campaigning for you. We will keep it up until you are released.

Hold fast to your hearts.

Maggie

Thinking of Anas and his family, we commend your bravery and stand with you in solidarity. Continue to be strong in your search for truth.

Thinking of you. I hope you will have news of your brave son soon.
Best wishes.

Thoughts and support go to Anas and his family. Stay strong. And hoping for his safe return.

Anas, you have taken the path of courage - a difficult and lonely one. But, you are not alone, because, Anas, ordinary people from all around the world are thinking of you right now, and now, and now. May your family, and all those ordinary people around the world who care about you, draw strength from your uncompromising speaking of the truth to power. Bless you and your family.

Anas is a brave and honourable young man. Thinking of you and hoping for his safe return.

You will not be forgotten.

Another Night, And Syria's Atrocities, its Litany of Shameful Human Oppression's Got to Rapidly End. Keep on believing.

Another Night, And Syria's Atrocities, its Shameful Human Oppression's Got to Rapidly End. Keep on believing.

Anas is the future of Syria - a brave intelligent young man in the face of an shortsighted evil regime that would subject its civilians to such atrocities. My sympathy for the family of Anas and their deep despair which I pray will be lifted.

Anas, thinking of you, your family and the people of Syria - may you all know freedom and peace soon.

I hope this message of support will be of some consolation to you and will somehow help Anas.

Thinking of you and your family - you are not forgotten and not alone.

Although a fellow student journalist, I cannot even imagine what Anas and your family must be going through. I truly hope this campaign brings to light his whereabouts and that he returns home safely. I'll be writing an article about this for my own university to raise publicity.

Thinking of you, the family of Anas, and all the people of Syria. Freedom will triumph, as long as there are brave people like Anas in the world.

Anas Al-Shogre we will stand for you, just keep your faith and strength in meantime we act. Feel, please, that we are all with you.
Soon you will be free at least because they know that the world is with you.
Feel strong with our solidarity.

Not many people would have the courage that Anas showed in stepping up and speaking out for what is right. Anas is an inspiration, not just in Syria but throughout the world. I dearly hope that he is back with you soon, and that this nightmare is ended for you. Liz, Belfast

I just want to say how much I admire the courage that Anas has repeatedly showed. He is an incredible young man and I truly believe he will be back home soon. Sending you much love and strenght

Our prayers are with you and your brave son.

Anas and your lovely family - you are in my prayers this day. Just the idea of torture appalls me and I feel for you all in my heart. I believe that with Amnesty's help you will be free soon.

To Anas,s family
This such a worrying time for you. Please be strong. I am sure he will return to you soon. You are not alone. Many people around the world are sending prayers and positive thoughts to you and him.
Scilla

Keep strong and remember there are thousands of people across the world who are thinking of you. Syria will be free.

I will pray for you tonight Anas. I pray you are soon reunited with your family. Love is always stronger than hate, many of us stand with you in solidarity. I pray you are safe.
Clare

Dear Anas al-Shogre: I am writing simply to give my solidarity and to say that we in UK will not forget your bavery. Please take heart, and we hope for your quick release from where ever you are being held.

Yours sincerely and in solidarity

Chris Easton

Keep on hoping. The world is watching and there are many people on your side.

My family are thinking of your son and hoping he returns to you soon
Morgan Kelly, England

I hope you find out where he is soon. You have a lot of support . Stay strong.
Barbara UK

Anas' actions are so brave and have helped to bring the attention of the world to Syria. With hope and love, and wishing for his safe return. Matt, London

My thoughts and prayers are with you. You are not alone

As a mother too, I can not imagine what you are feeling now. I wish you courage. Your beautiful son stood strong for what is right, he will be an inspiration to young and old across the world. I hope he is returned speedily to you.

Only with people like you Anas can the world become a better place. Your braveness is an inspiration and we are thinking of you from Bristol, UK.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and Anas. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through, but I am sure that you must be proud of what he has done. Be brave, be strong - we are all with you.

Your courage and determination are worth fighting for. I hope you will all be reunited very soon.

To Anas and Family, No-one is truly free until we are all free. We in the United Kingdom stand with you in your quest for freedom. John Watkinson.

Anas - Your bravery and conviction has been tested and you have stood up to the test. I hope all of us will have the same strength you have shown if called for. Have courage- Good will always triumph. We are with you.

Your son has been very brave, and we hope and pray for his safe return to you.

As a mother of 3 sons my heart goes out to you. Stay strong and one day the Syrian people will be free.

Dear Anas
Do not give up hope. The world is watching and there are many people who support you. May your dreams come real.

My thoughts are with you. I salute Anas' bravery and hope that he will be reunited with you soon. I hope that with increasing and unrelenting demands on the Syrian government for information on Anas and the other brave men and women alongside him, we will get answers.

I hope your beautiful, brave son is returned to you safely and soon. Syria, and others like your son, are always in our thoughts. With love

Dear Anas my thoughts and prayers are with you, please remember that people across the world care about you.
Jane
England

Dear Anas, my family and I are thinking of you at this terrible time and praying for your safe return. Please believe that you are not alone.
With love and best wishes from Scotland.

I can't believe in the bravery of Anas and people like him. It's people like him who give us all hope. Please God he will be safely returned to his family

I can't believe in the bravery of Anas and people like him. It's people like him who give us all hope. Please God he will be safely returned to his family

I can only imagine how distressing this must be for you as Anas' family. Many people are thinking of you, and like me will be faxing letters to the President of Syria demanding information on Anas.

I hope so much that you will be reunited with your son. Thinking of you in your tine of pain. Believe in our thoughts and suport

I know I could never be as brave as you. The thought of physical torture makes me feel sick. I admire your courage more than I can find the words to express. May your spirit not be broken by these evil cowards, and you survive to live happily with your loved ones again some day.

I hope Anas comes home to you soon, and all of his courage pays off. Praying for you.

How brave you are. We have no idea just how difficult things must be in Syria but many of us admire your courage. I don't know how I would react in a similar situation but I hope I would be willing to speak out. You are in my thoughts.

The world is watching. You are not alone.

You are not forgotten. I hope you are reunited, in safety, soon.

It is hard to imagine your pain but I hope you can stay strong and remember that many of us are thinking of you and hoping with you that the future will be better and the suffering will end.

My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. I will always support and stand by you. Please believe that one day your brave and beautiful son will be free. Stay strong xxx

Your courage is remarkable.

Your son and brother is very brave. I truly hope he is returned to you safely, if there is any justice in the world then he will.

If I could visit you now, I would, to sit with you at this difficult time and join you in hoping for a happy solution for you all.

Your bravery is a lesson to us all. I support you and all you stand for in your quest for freedom and justice.

My thoughts are with you and I stand by you. Stay strong.

Me and my family all wish for Anas to be released and stand by you all at this difficult time

Anas and your family, you are in my thoughts. Let us hope and work for your freedom and for a just peace in Syria

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May peace come to syria soon.

Anas, My thoughts are with you. I stand by you in solidarity. Stay strong. Millie

Dear Anas, as well as your family and friends:

Even here, at a university in cold Yorkshire, miles and miles away, people are thinking of you and praying for you. This is an extremely difficult time for you all, but stay strong - the world is on your side.

Thinking of Anas and family. I've written to demand that Anas be released straight away. Gina Moriarty

Anas - Thinking of you and standing by you in solidarity. Sending love and light from the United Kingdom

Dear Anas, I am deeply concerned for you. I truly admire you and I regard you very highly. I hope you will be released very soon. Gaia Petri.

Bless you and your family. Do not lose hope. God is with you. Love and prayers.

Have faith, the world knows Anas al-Shogre's name. Kindest wishes from Scotland.

I have just written to the authorities, urging them to think of the mental anguish of your family. Hoping to hear news of your safe return to their embrace very soon. Sending you strength and hope.
Nadege

I am thinking of you, and your family, and your bravery and strength inspires me so much. So much love,
Verity

You are an inspiration. I am thinking of you, your friends and family. Stay strong while we work for your release.

David

I am thinking of you and all those who love you. I hope you can stay hopeful, even in the face of such hardship.

Anas, you are so brave. I think of you. Stay strong

Anas, we are thinking of you. We stand with you - you are not forgotten.

You are in my thoughts. Please stay strong.

We are thinking of you and hoping that you will soon be released. You have a lovely family and people around the world are lobbying for your release

Stay strong

You are in our thoughts and prayers, stay strong. Roisin

I pray that you will be reunited soon. God be with you. Hilary

We are thinking of you and praying for you. You are not forgotten. Stay strong. Wishing you peace, justice and love at this difficult time.

You and Anas are in my thoughts and prayers. I send you my warmest wishes for the future.

You are not forgotten. Please stay strong. You are admired all over the world for your courage.

Wishing you peace in Syria

My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Stay strong, you have many supporters around the world with so much respect for your courage and strength. There is always hope!
Your friend in Ireland, Christine

Anas deserves praise for his bravery and for the work he was doing.I pray to God to keep him well and bring him back home to you soon. May you have peace in Syria

Our thoughts are with you and your family and friends. Hoping you are safe and well. Stay strong--you are not forgotten. With admiration and best wishes, Laurie S. and Gavin B., USA

I am thinking of you and hoping you are safe and well. Stay strong.

Dear Anas. I add my voice to all the messages of support. Stay strong, you are not forgotten. Coral. UK

Dear Anas,
Hang in there. Not long now.

Dear Anas,
We are thinking of you and hope for your safety. Be strong as there are many who are with you in their hearts.
Karen, Neil, Daniel, Lola, Raphael, Uk

Dear Anas
I pray for freedom and protection and liberation for you. For comfort and courage. You are not forgotten and we stand with you and your brothers and sisters as you fight for justice.
Tamsin, UK

Having the courage of ones convictions is an extremely difficult path to choose . I trust Anas and his family finds some comfort knowing Amnesty stands beside him and people worldwide are with him in spirit . Heartfelt greetings and good wishes to one and all from
Barbara Murphy-Bridge, Nova Scotia, Canada

I really admire your courage and all the work you have been doing for the citizens of Syria.. I feel a little personal connection here as I visited Syria a few years ago and I was treated just like a member of the family.I hope are being treated correctly by the authorities and have proper legal support. Take courage that many people know of your situation.

Amazingly courageous Anas - I do hope you can one day soon receive these messages of support. You are not forgotten and I sincerely hope you will be reunited with your family again soon. Love and support to you and to your family.

Anas, the voice of Truth can never be silenced even when sung by one brave person against the chorus of many. Eventually all the 'One Voices' will join together in the chorus. Love and support to you and your family.

Anas, you are an amazing and courageous person. My thoughts are with you and your family and friends. Stay strong.

Anas, you are a wonderful and brave person and are in my any many people's thoughts and hearts across the world.
You and your family have my admiration and my very strong hope that you will be released soon.
Thank you for standing up for your fellow citizens.
Samantha

I hope this message can be an encouragement for you all and show my support of the bravery of Anas.
It is such an inspiration for me to hear of all the individuals standing up for a better, more peaceful world.
Stay strong.
Alice

I would like you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish that I could be so brave, you truly are an inspiration. You are not alone, there are many people around the world supporting your cause and fighting for your justice.
Stay strong and God be with you.
Amber Grisetti, York, UK

Dear Anas,

Thank you for being so courageous in an intolerable situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I pray that we can all be so brave and self-less to speak out about the crimes that are be committed against our fellow citizens human rights, and not strike out violently against those that oppress you.
You are an inspiration to those suffering a similar plight and a source of hope to people across the world.
Know that you are not alone, our thoughts and prayers are with you; as well as our unwavering support for your cause and your deliverance from the injustice you suffer.

Stay strong. You are amazing. My 6 year old son said you look like a kind man. Our thoughts and best wishes are with you x

Dear Anas

I have the deepest respect for your bravery and commitment in speaking out for human rights in your country and hope that you will soon be released.
Stay strong - we are working for your freedom.

Cathy Adkins, Amnesty International Frome, UK

I send Anas my good wishes and will continue to support him. Pat.

I pray that Anas will soon be returned home safe and well. You are not alone and have many friends who are supporting you. God be with you.

I have read of Anas' bravery in standing up and leading his fellow citizens' in their peaceful campaign for their human rights, and I pray that he will be safely returned to his family. You are not alone.

Our best wishes from London UK for brave Anas al-Shogre.Amnesty will fight in solidarity for your release.

Jennifer and Keith Roberts, Lawyer and Architect.

With best wishes from Wales, UK

Anas al-Shogre, fights for what we believe it's right! Stay strong

People all over the world know of your struggle, and we join together to wish you strength, hope and peace.

x Sinajina

Anas is so brave. We hope that the thoughts of others in the world will comfort you and that your country and its people will soon know peace.

God bless you and give you his peace my brave warrior x

Dear all
You are in my thoughts and in the thoughts of many more. I bow down to your courage and send you my best wishes.
Sophie, Edinburgh

Really moved hearing about Anas' story. With all the awful news we hear about the events in Syria, it is sometimes hard to remember the personal stories. Here is one family, not knowing what has happened to their son/brother/friend. Struggling each day with that uncertainty.

I send you my best wishes. Please stay strong in your struggle for justice. You are not alone in your fight.
Karen, London