The end Abdullah was released after seven years, his children had grown up without a father. Sadia’s only aim was to find him and eventually she did. Sadia was directed to a local advocacy group who deal with issues like hers and after that slowly they found a way to bring Abdullah home. Like hundreds … More Destination Gauntanamo Bay. The end.
Salma The torture and the loneliness had changed Salma in many ways but despite it all she never lost her faith or her will to survive. The aim of torture is to take you close to death but not kill you and then once you are repaired to begin the process again until they get … More Salma the torture ends.
Abdullah Five years of torture, 12 months of force feeding and endless stints in solitary confinement. I had no information to give them. I wasn’t aware of any radical groups. All I had were the brothers around me when I was put into the common cells and the Quran. I had seen brothers memorise the … More Guantánamo bay. Abdullah
Sadia Months, turned into years. We received no information. My accounts were frozen and it took a long drawn out court battle to get them unfrozen. Every extra cent and all my extra energy went into finding Abdullah. People often raised the possibility of Rahim and I getting married but we knew our lovers were … More Destination Gauntanamo Bay. Time goes by with out any answers.
Rahim … One letter from Salma was all I had received in five years, again I had been launched into limbo and I had no way of knowing whether she was alive. I was heartbroken, my work suffered and all my accounts had been frozen making travel impossible. Salma’s parents moved to JHB after they … More Destination Gauntanamo Bay. The heart broken man.
Rahim 6 months and 11 days. Many people have told me to forget about the past, find another wife and start over. Someone even went so far as to say that I should marry Sadia since we were both in the same boat. What no one understood was that all Sadia and I really needed … More Guantanamo Bay hope arrives
Salama 6 months 10 days. Time began to pass slower and slower. It had been more than half a year and still I hadn’t been allowed any communication to the outside world. I was beaten repeatedly, some weeks I barely recognised my face. I had been waterboarded and raped repeatedly. When you attempt a hunger … More Destination Gauntanamo Bay Salma
Rahim A year, an entire year… 365 days had passed and we heard nothing. The Imam’s accounts were still frozen and things were becoming difficult for him. The masjid received less donations because people were afraid of being associated with someone who had links to ‘terrorism’. They had to move into a smaller home. The … More Rahim agony
Abdullha… I’m not sure what day it was, I barely have an idea of the month. I assumed that six months had passed since the time I had been taken. The torture was beyond anything I thought I would be able to handle. I was accused of being part of a radical Islamic group and … More Road to Gauntanamo Bay
My Accounts had been frozen, my practice was running on a cash only basis but I was barely making enough. My husband’s accounts had also been frozen and we still had no idea where he was or whether he was even alive. The kids were questioned by the police and social workers a number … More The real hell begins. Sadia