Naseera Dutour helped found SOS Disparus after the disappearance of her 21-year-old son, Amin. She says she learned from a friend who worked as a police officer that Amin was being held in a police station in the Algiers suburb of Barake. The friend urged her to do whatever she could to get her son out as soon as possible.
“He told me: ‘If you are very powerful you can get your son out of their hands, but if you don’t get him out soon next week they will take him someplace where you will never find him,'” she says.
At the station the police chief denied her son was there, so she went home empty-handed. She has never seen or heard from Amin since.
“I made a mistake,” she says, her voice trailing off. “I should have insisted.”