In the wake of 9/11 the US wanted revenge for an attack on its soil and with its war on terror managed to make every Muslim man a suspect. Thousands who were arrested, many interrogated and tortured and some were never seen again. Some families will never know what happened to their loved ones. Wives and children forced to watch as men stormed into their homes in the middle of the night and dragged our their husbands and fathers. Sons abducted in foreign lands where they worked or traveled and tortured while being questioned about people they have never met. The world remains silent while those in prison are tortured and stripped of even their most basic human rights. What’s more shocking is boys as young as 13 and men as old as 90 were detained.
Guantanamo Bay is a black mark on our collective conscience. It is where the US establishment claims to keep the ‘worst of the worst’ yet to this day almost all the inmates were never charged, tried nor convicted of any act of terrorism.
Destination Gauntanamo Bay is about a young couple who decided to attend a friends wedding in the UK where the husband is wrongfully suspected of being a terrorist. The story echoes the experiences of the thousands of innocent men being held all over the world on terrorism charges and more specifically those incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, America’s prison in Cuba.
To date Guantanamo Bay holds 107 inmates, who have never been convicted or charged with anything. The American President has promised repeatedly over the past 8 years to shut it down but has not done enough to make it happen.
This blog is dedicated to the brothers who are still being held at Gauntanamo Bay. This blog is also dedicated to the team at CAGE who work tirelessly to ensure their plight is heard. May Allah grant them the strength to continue their work.
by mumtaz saley