Men lined up and shot against a wall, homes burned and looted, and a husband's remains discovered in a pile of ash; these are a few of the haunting scenes reported by Amnesty International's senior crisis adviser Donatella Rovera in a recent trip to Syria's restive Idlib province.
Rovera traveled to Syria in April to investigate the scene of the Assad regime's year-long crackdown.
In the town of Sarmin, Rovera met a mother who claimed that her three sons were taken from their home by the Syrian army. The mother described her horrifying discovery upon leaving her home:
"When I was able to go outside, after a couple of hours, I found my boys burning in the street. They had been piled on top of each other and had motorbikes piled on top of them and set on fire," she said.
Since the U.N.-brokered ceasefire was instated on April 12, there has been only a slight decrease in violence in Syria, Reuters reports. The 14-month long crisis in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 11,000, according to opposition groups' estimates.