All the information below was received by Eye4Freedom from reliable sources in Bahrain, Jaffer’s family friends and respected human rights activists.
This is Jaffer Salman. Before it happened.
Jaffer has two twin daughters, age five now (they were approaching age four when it happened).
Jaffer was a hard working family man, well respected in his village. He never stopped working.
Even through the tough times, when everyone was out protesting, Jaffer ignored the tanks, the masked soldiers, and the regime thugs parading his streets. Instead he got up every morning regardless of what was happening around him and went to work.
On 15th March 2011, Jaffer called his wife to see if she wanted him to fetch anything from the shops on his way home from work.
ButJaffar never returned home.
He nearly did. He arrived just outside his house. But as got out of his car, riot police shot him at close range, in the face, with birdshot pellets from a shotgun.
Jaffar was not even protesting when he was shot. He was just returning home from work.
Jaffar received approximately 80 birdshot pellets to the face. Some in his eyes.
Jaffar was taken to the Salmaniya hospital where doctors said that one of his eyes had exploded. The other eye was severely injured.
So severe were Jaffar’s wounds that doctors had to sew his eyelids shut.
To the horror of his family, when the army overtook the hospital on 17th March they came into his room and arrested him in that state.
The masked soldiers were shocked to see the condition he was in, but that did not stop them putting a bag over his head and carrying him from the hospital.
His family did not see or hear from him for months.
During that time Jaffer was sentenced to two years in prison, by a military court, without a lawyer or his family present.
It was five months before his family were allowed to visit him in prison.
His family do not know much about what happened during those five months.
Jaffer’s daughters miss him a lot and are always asking for him
During their last visit to the prison, as one of his daughters played with Jaffer, she pulled on his sleeve, and his family saw the marks of burns on his arms.
For the first time his family asked Jaffer, “What happened during those months?”. Jaffer replied, “I don’t want to speak of those days”.
Other people who were also prisoners at that time have told how he was severely tortured and electrocuted.
Jaffer is almost completely blind now, losing vision even in the one eye that could have been saved.
In this letter from prison Jaffer writes “I write, but I almost do not see the words I am writing. I ask for your prayers.”
This video was put together by Jaffer’s friends, as a plea to the world, asking for help.
Jaffer’s daughters are now growing up strong, but without their father.
UPDATE: Jaffer was finally released on appeal on Sunday 12th August 2012. Thank-you for all your support with the campaign! Now we must write to the Bahraini government to request compensation for Jaffer and his family as they have suffered greatly.