In Syria, there is a checkpoint known by several names: the checkpoint of terror, of death, of fear. It differs from the rest of the checkpoints in Syria in that those who man it do not accept bribes and insist on thorough searches against their list of those wanted.
The names on the checkpoint’s list are not on other wanted lists. This list includes every possible accusation: being oppositionists, terrorists, carrying arms, dodging mandatory service, weakening national morale, foreign collaboration, among others. The fear Syrians have of this checkpoint is reflective of the shadow of fear in which Syrians have spent their lives.