Friday February 28, 2020

Powerful testimony from inside the abyss

Guantánamo Diary. By Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Edited by Larry Siems. Canongate, €19. Reviewed by Rob Doyle.

13th March, 2015
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Detainees undergo processing at the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Picture: Getty

Nothing is more symbolic of the painful disappointment of Barack Obama’s presidency than the continued existence of the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Obama’s first act as president was to sign a decree ordering the camp to be closed. That was in 2009. The camp still holds many individuals who have been imprisoned for years without due process – sometimes, as in the case of the author of this extraordinary book, without ever being...

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