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Engaged Chicago humanitarian, 28, is killed in Syria after being held in custody for three years

Engaged Chicago humanitarian, 28, is killed in Syria after being held in custody for three years

  • A new report shows Layla Shwekani, 28, was killed in Syria in 2016
  • She was born in Damascus but lived in Chicago until returning to Syria in 2015
  • Shwekani, who was engaged, was detained in February 2016 and her family just learned her fate after a report was released Sunday 
  • The Syrian Network for Human Rights said she was a ‘humanitarian activist’ 
  • The report also details 15 people killed due to torture in Syria in November

A new report shows Layla Shwekani, 28, was killed in Syria in 2016

A Chicago woman has been killed in Syrian custody after being held in detention by the Bashar al Assad regime for three years.  

Layla Shwekani, 28, was a ‘humanitarian activist, who was born in Damascus but lived in Chicago until returning to Syria in 2015, according to the Syrian Network for Human Rights. 

The group says it believes Skwekani, who was engaged to be married, was ‘executed’ in a military prison in 2016 after being detained in February of that year.     

‘She was registered in civil registry department as dead in December 28, 2016, we believe she was executed in Saydnaya military prison in Damascus Suburbs governate,’ the group wrote in report released Sunday. 

The report also details 15 people killed due to torture in Syria in November. 

Shwekani, who was engaged, was detained in February 2016 and her family just learned her fate after a report was released Sunday

Shwekani, who was engaged, was detained in February 2016 and her family just learned her fate after a report was released Sunday

She was killed in Syrian custody after being held in detention by the Bashar al Assad (pictured) regime for three years

She was killed in Syrian custody after being held in detention by the Bashar al Assad (pictured) regime for three years

Shwekani had a degree in information architecture from Arab International University in Daraa, Syria. 

She provided humanitarian relief to Syrians displaced from their homes due to the war when . 

Her mosque in Willowbrook, Illinois, held a funeral for her Friday after her family finally learned the fate of their daughter. 

CBS 2 revealed she was in solitary confinement during her imprisonment. 

While there is no evidence that she was physically tortured, ‘testimonies of women who have gone through detention indicate that women undergo severe torture, rape and not being given enough food or water,’ Elizabeth Tsurkov told the outlet. 



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