Author and former Guantánamo detainee Mansoor Adayfi joins co-hosts V.V. Ganeshananthan and Whitney Terrell to discuss his 14 years of systematic torture in the military prison. Adayfi reads from his memoir, Don’t Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantánamo; recalls being ambushed, kidnapped, and sold to the U.S. by warlords; and explains the hunger strikes and protests he and other detainees participated in in defense of their lives and rights. Adayfi, who was ultimately found innocent and released, urges President Biden to work toward closing Guantánamo, which he describes as a place of lawlessness, oppression and injustice.
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Selected readings for the episode:
Don’t Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantánamo
"An Open Letter to President Biden About Guantánamo" by Mansoor Adayfi, et al., The New York Review of Books, Jan. 29, 2021
Opinion | In Our Prison on the Sea - The New York Times, Sept. 15, 2017
Guantanamo Reports (Seton Hall University)
Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp | American Civil Liberties Union
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