This is a list of first-hand accounts of Guantanamo detainees, published as columns. Detainees began arriving at Guantanamo Bay sixteen years ago today.
January 11, 2018
Sharqawi al Hajj: Will I Die at Guantanamo?
Sharqawi Abdu Ali al Hajj is a Yemeni citizen. He has been detained at Guantanamo since 2004. He is accused of being a facilitator for al Qaeda.
October 13, 2017
August 24, 2016
Khalid Qassim: Hunger striking for ‘dignity’ in Guantanamo
Qassim wrote about being on hunger strike. Qassim is a Yemeni citizen born in 1976. He was accused of being an al Qaeda fighter and captured in Afghanistan in 2001. Qassim is yet to be charged.
October 17, 2017
Rabbani wrote about being on hunger strike. He is a Pakistani citizen of Rohingya origin. He was accused of being a member of and facilitating al Qaeda in an apparent case of mistaken identity. He is yet to be charged.
January 11, 2016
Sami al-Hajj: Remembering Guantanamo
Sami al-Hajj was a Sudanese journalist working for Al Jazeera when he was detained in Pakistan and transferred to Afghanistan, and then Guantanamo. He was released after eight years, in 2008. He wrote about his detention and imprisonment.
December 30, 2015
Kurnaz is a Turkish citizen who was born in Germany in 1982. He was accused of affiliations with the Tablighi Jamaat and al Qaeda. Kurnaz was released in 2006. He wrote about Younus Chekkouri, a Moroccan detainee who was detained by Morocco after his release from Guantanamo.
November 12, 2014
July 15, 2014
Emad Hassan: Detainees are human
Hassan is a Yemeni citizen who was detained in a raid on a suspected safe house in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He was released after thirteen years.
December 13, 2013
August 2, 2013
Shaker Aamer: Have I Lost Hope at Guantanamo?
Aamer was the last British resident to be released from Guantanamo. He spent thirteen years at Guantanamo. He wrote about his imprisonment at Guantanamo.
April 14, 2013
Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel: Gitmo is Killing Me
He is a Yemeni citizen who was accused of being a guard for OBL. He was released in 2006.
January 18, 2012
Lakhdar Boumedine: My Guantanamo Nightmare
Boumedine spent seven years in Guantanamo. He and other detainees challenged their detention in a landmark habeas corpus case. He wrote about his detention and his life after his release.
May 6, 2011
Begg was a British detainee held at Guantanamo for over two years.