Jawad Rabbani and Yusuf Mingazov grew up without their fathers, who were caught in the 9/11 dragnet. Guantánamo came to define their lives.
“There’s so much focus on the injustice on the men in Guantánamo, but what’s often forgotten is the fact that this has had such dire consequences for waves of family members around them,” said Katie Taylor, deputy director of Reprieve, an advocacy group that represents six men who remain at Guantánamo and that has worked to support more than 70 former detainees who were resettled in 28 countries.
“Just imagine what life would be for your family without your father. Just imagine what it would be like if your father was at Guantánamo,” Jawad said. “How could they ruin 20 years of someone’s life?”
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