'They told me they were going to melt me in acid if I continue the work I was doing' ' "Those people, who are literally monsters, they are brainwashed to serve that guy [Syrian President Bashar al-Assad]." Shaheen wants to change that. She wants men like her torturers to be integrated back into the society. She wants Syria to go back to normal. And she feels every single Syrian can make a difference. "I never felt like, 'oh, I was tortured, so I have to run away,'" she says, "I feel a lot of people in Syria depend on me." '