Shadi Farrah is 16 years old and lives in Jerusalem. He was arrested in 2015 when he was 12 years old, accused of a stabbing attempt. He then spent the next three years at a juvenile detention centre.
In detention, 12-year-old Shadi was interrogated for eight hours at a time. He was refused visits from his parents for long periods, and was forced to take tranquilizers. He was kept in solitary confinement for five months.
Since his release, Shadi has had difficulty sleeping and a hard time concentrating in school. As he says:
“I feel like I have lost something… I was in 7th grade when they arrested me and I find it very hard to get back to a normal life and school.”
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