The Missing 19dB


As the prison is still operational and access is completely denied, we cannot measure its silence on-site with a decibel meter; we can only attempt to reconstruct it through the voices of its former detainees and their acoustic memories. My primary way of doing this was to understand that the level at which the detainees could whisper and not be heard by the guards through the doors, walls, water pipes, and ventilation system provides a measure of the silence at Saydnaya…