Waiting for Fahd

“I grew up in Guantanamo, and now that you’ve heard my story, you cannot turn away.”

I had the privilege of being with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) team as it talked about and brainstormed ideas for its media efforts with Fahd’s story (over the summer, at the Radical Lawyering conference). I met the attorneys who have traveled back and forth from here to Guantanamo, who have been working with Fahd and other detainees for quite some time. It is an incredible story, and I encourage each of you to get to know his story and help spread awareness about it. Don’t allow him to be forgotten.

I usually try not to put “heavy” things on the blog because I deal with them every day, and this is my little corner of sunshine, but details of the Senate Torture Report have come out. I have only read excerpts reported on by the media, but I have the document saved, waiting for me (it’s about 500-something pages). The details, so far, are heart-breaking. What terrible violations of human rights, international law and humanity are occurring. What kind of a world are we building and allowing, and what will we do about it? If we do nothing, who will be next to suffer these atrocities?

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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