Although President Barack Obama has been promising to close past President George W Bush's concentration camp at Guantanamo for years, this dark chapter in American history in dealing with Guantanamo continues. Al Jazeera has published a profile of Moath al-Alwi, who has been a prisoner at Guantanamo since 2002. He is quoted as saying, "I was never charged with any crime and I have not a received fair trial in U.S. courts. To protest this injustice, I began a hunger strike." Al Jazeera reported on Oct. 15, 2013, "Guantanamo inmate: 'We will remain on hunger strike.'"
Moath al-Alwi, a Yemeni national who has been in U.S. custody for over a decade, was one of the very first prisoners moved to Guantánamo Bay detention camp. The U.S. military has assigned him Internment Serial Number ISN 028. His attorney, Ramzi Kassem, translated this article from Arabic. In a letter al-Alwi shares his feelings after his return from a morning’s force-feeding session at Guantanamo Bay. He suffers bouts of violent vomiting and sharp pains in his stomach and intestines caused by the forced feeding.
Al-Alwi is among the fewer than two dozen hunger strikers left out of 164 prisoners at Guantanamo, of which 100 were on hunger strike in August. He has been on hunger strike for almost nine months, ever since February. He has shared that he is dragged out of his cell at around 8:20 a.m. and taken shackled to the restraint chairs, which he and his brothers call torture chairs, for forced feeding.
Al-Alwi says some of his brothers are tainting the walls of their cells and blocking the air-conditioning vents with their own feces in protest. Al-Alwi also says he has been beaten by the riot squad and that no form of pressure is too cruel or petty for his captors. And so the nightmare at Guantanamo continues at this moment.