“The lowest depth that a human being can reach is to perform or to receive torture. The goal of the torturer is to inflict horrific pain and dehumanize another being. The act not only destroys both parties' souls — the victim's and the perpetrator's — but also the very fabric of a society. By subjecting men or women to enforced violence, sexual violation, or worse, you transform them into something subhuman. How does someone return to the human race after having been so brutalized?” The Morning They Came for Us is one the hardest things I´ve ever read. It doesn´t shy away from brutality - rape, torture, death, unimaginable grief and pain. All of which are part of the war blazing in The Middle East, the subject of this book. It feels horrible to think how ignorant I was of it, how easy it is to close one´s eyes. I´m so glad I read Janine di Giovanni´s book despite my hesitation. She writes extremely well, the stories and the pain of the people of Syria come across strongly and real through the text. The biggest criticism I have regards the structure. For someone with very poor base knowledge of the crisis in Syria it is somewhat confusing. The chapters jump in time, in settings and in themes and they don´t offer enough in the way of general knowledge of what was happening. I wish di Giovanni had planned it better for people quite unfamiliar with the subject, but this is still an incredible, important book.