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His eyes well up and a tear slides down his cheek when Feroz Abbasi, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, is asked what he would say to the other Guantanamo Bay detainees he was incarcerated with and “left behind” when he was released as a result of diplomatic arrangements between the US and the UK and after accusations that he was an “enemy combatant” could not be proven due to insufficient evidence.
“Uhibbuka fillah,” he mumbles, his voice trembling, his lip quivering as he tries to hold back tears, “means I love you for the sake of Allah. That’s when you love someone you tell them, tell them that. It’s very hard to see your friends in that situation, you know, still there after all these years, it’s not easy.”
Torture and humiliation methods used on/against the detainees by US forces include (but are not limited to) physical abuse, forced nudity, sexual humiliation, mock executions, sexual assault, forced injections, sleep deprivation, long and short shackling for hours on end, environmental manipulation, violent dogs, use of phobias as torture, extreme cold, cultural humiliation, religious humiliation, hours of interrogations, sensory bombardment, stress positions, sensory deprivation, isolation, and music torture.
(s/o to a-restless-being for linking the video on his tumblr)
And rape. We shy away from naming the sexual torture of Arabs and Muslims at Guantanamo “rape” because A) the victims are male and B) we do not want to think of the United States as a country that uses rape as a tool of war— but it is and we do.
Emad Abdullah Hassan, a 34-year-old Guantanamo Bay prisoner who has been force-fed more than 5,000 times since 2007 as part of the military’s efforts to break his hunger strike.
He is the plaintiff in a landmark lawsuit challenging the practice of force-feeding at the US military prison camp. The case represents the first time a US court will hear allegations of detainee abuse at Gitmo.
Chasity Samone, 22, NYC
Photography by: http://trogersphoto.com/
Men who speak for black women like this just make me … Unf . Like I love you
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