I was released from Guantánamo in 2007 but mentally I still haven’t escaped. Years of violence and degradation there and in US custody in Bagram, Afghanistan, are etched into my memory, from the sexual assault and electric shocks to the beatings, one of which permanently blinded me when a guard struck my eye.
But I’m one of the lucky ones. As we mark 20 years since President Bush opened America’s own heart of darkness, 39 men still languish there. Some of them have been detained since the beginning: two decades of their lives stolen without justification.
Omar Deghayes, who was detained without charge or trail in Guantánamo Bay and subjected to years of torture while in US custody, writes for The Independent on the 20th anniversary of the prison opening and calls on President Biden to finally close it. Read his article here.