The regime photographed the corpses of 11,000 people it murdered in detention. Its crimes must not go unpunished
• Sara Afshar is director of the Channel 4 documentary Syria’s Disappeared: The Case Against Assad
Imagine your son or daughter was arrested. And you heard nothing about them for years. Until one day, thousands of photographs of dead bodies were published – corpses of people who had died in custody. You start looking through them one by one, sick to your stomach wondering if the next photograph you click on is of your loved one. But as you go through them, you realise many of the corpses are so severely emaciated, mutilated, some with their eyes missing, that you’d find it hard to recognise even yourself in that state.