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“When Will My Organs Fail?”: Hunger-Striking Gitmo Prisoners Say Guards Have Stopped Force-Feeding

HeadlineOct 13, 2017
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In news from Guantánamo, hunger-striking prisoners say U.S. military officials have stopped force-feeding them—in a move the prisoners and their lawyers say threatens to kill them. In an op-ed for The Guardian, hunger-striking Guantánamo Bay prisoner Khalid Qassim writes, “They have decided to leave us to waste away and die instead. … Now as each night comes, I wonder if I will wake up in the morning. When will my organs fail? When will my heart stop? I am slowly slipping away and no one notices.” Qassim has been imprisoned for 15 years without being charged with a crime, and writes that a hunger strike was “the only peaceful way I thought I could protest.”

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