Younous Chekkouri’s last letter from Guantanamo (September 2015):
I write these words to you with my heart and not with my pen. Thirteen years of sorrow and hope are coming to an end soon hopefully. God be willing.
I can’t find the words to describe my happiness and joy. For it is soon that I will be in the hands of my love that I have been dying to see.
Thank you so much for your great kindness and compassion which I have seen. I would also like to thank Clive for his strength and courage in the face of injustice and oppression; for his position of standing by the weak – until the sun of justice shines and the darkness of oppression disappears.
The image of Clive always reminds me of heroes of the middle ages who surround themselves by a group of exceptional people with rare talents. Intelligence is embodied by Cori the Genius. As for Courtney, she is that little girl with superpowers. Alka’s powers and manoeuvres are not to be underestimated. As for Johanna, Katie, and Tim, they are heroes not afraid to confront any mission or challenge.
This may be my last letter that I write from this island. It is my hope that the memories of this hardship will soon be erased, and only the best of what came out of it remains…love.
Goodbye, with Love,
Younous was doing charity work in Afghanistan when he was rounded up with other Arabs and taken to a prison in Kandahar. He was sold to US forces for a bounty and then taken to Guantanamo Bay. He was held without charge for 14 years before finally being released to his native Morocco in September 2015.