I solely just lately heard the harrowing story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi on an NPR segment with Jodie Foster about her new movie The Mauritanian, primarily based on Slahi’s memoir. Here is the blurb for that memoir:
Since 2002, Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned on the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the US has by no means charged him with against the law. A federal decide ordered his launch in March 2010, however the U.S. authorities fought that call, and there’s no signal that the US plans to let him go.
Three years into his captivity Slahi started a diary, recounting his life earlier than he disappeared into U.S. custody, “his infinite world tour” of imprisonment and interrogation, and his each day life as a Guantánamo prisoner. His diary just isn’t merely a vivid report of a miscarriage of justice, however a deeply private memoir – terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious. Revealed now for the primary time, Guantánamo Diary is a doc of immense historic significance and a riveting and profoundly revealing hear.
Slahi was finally launched in 2016 — after his memoir was launched, and after 14 years of detainment and torture with none authorized (or sensible) foundation. As NPR reported on the time:
In accordance with a Justice Division investigation, [Slahi] was crushed, sexually throttled, put in excessive isolation, shackled to the ground, stripped bare and put underneath strobe lights whereas being blasted with heavy metallic music.
And once more: that every one occurred with out costs.
None of that is seemingly stunning to anybody who has ever paid consideration to occasions at Guantanamo. However I, for one, am excited to see it dramatized in a movie starring Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, and Benedict Cumberbatch, in order that hopefully different individuals change into conscious of those atrocities as properly.
Harrowing ordeal of Guantánamo prisoner comes to the big screen [Dalya Alberge / The Guardian]
‘Forever Prisoner’ Writes Book About Guantanamo; He’s One Of 107 Still There [David Welna / NPR]
‘The Mauritanian’ Is Based On Guantanamo’s ‘Forever Prisoners’ [NPR Morning Edition]