The captives received one meal a day which consisted of rice or pasta and was often infested with worms. At best they were given some tea in the morning, and perhaps a piece of bread. The detainees were led to the showers naked, amid scornful verbal abuse. Often these situations were used as an opportunity for rape and sexual abuse, both of which were performed systematically in the camp. Each new detainee received a number. Instead of being addressed by their names, the detainees were called up by number for showering, for torture, or ultimately for their – staged or actual – execution. Being deprived of their identity and subjected to staged executions, the detainees severely suffered psychologically.
Physical torture of a detainee could last for days or even weeks at a time and consisted of beatings, of electric shocks applied to sensitive parts of the body, or of “submarino”, a form of waterboarding. Detainees were forced to watch their family members being tortured. In one particular instance, a mother had to witness the torture of her 14-year old son.