Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

By Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Due to the fact that 2002, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned on the detainee camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In most of these years, the U.S. hasn't ever charged him with against the law. even if he was once ordered to be published through a federal pass judgement on, the U.S. executive fought that call, and there's no signal that the U.S. plans to enable him go.

Three years into his captivity Slahi begun a diary, recounting his existence earlier than he disappeared into U.S. custody and everyday life as a detainee. His diary isn't really simply a vibrant list of a miscarriage of justice, yet a deeply own memoir - terrifying, darkly funny, and strangely gracious. released now for the 1st time, Guantánamo Diary is a record of massive old value.

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It is December and the boxes are freezing next to the woodpile in my garage. Immediately I cover each box with a heavy, navy blue, one-hundred-percent wool American Airlines blanket. But I don't open them. For over an hour, while the sun sets and it gets really cold in my garage, I sit on one of the orange crushed-velvet chairs. For over a year I am unable to open the boxes my father sends me. Every morning, I go out to the garage and stand directly in front of the boxes, imagining what's packed inside.

Like what are we doing in Haiti. When I am fourteen. In 1968, according to the Encyclopedia Judaica, there are only fifty Jews left in the whole country. Haiti has never been hospitable to my people. Unlike Jamaica and Cuba, which opened their arms wide. I want to ask Marvin how we get to Port-au-Prince from Dayton, Ohio. It's a long, long way from the Midwest. Although why we go in August I understand. Completely. August is the only time Marvin leaves Dayton. For three reasons. First: Business is slow at the parking lots.

I thought she gave it to me. To keep. Forever. How could she want it back? I write Aunt Shirley a letter explaining what's going on with her big sister. And ask her to intervene, please. Aunt Shirley calls Edith and they discuss it. My mother writes me to say that she just wants to borrow the album back for a little bit. Then I can have it. For good. I think Judy and Jan find out that she gave me the pictures. And they're mad and have stopped speaking to Edith. That's why there's all this trouble now.

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