Land Of The Free | Gitmo

22 Nov

The whole story of Guantanamo Bay prison camp emerges as a horrifying experiment. The terrorist suspects were given numbers by which they were addressed instead of their own names. In this tormenting place they became guinea pigs in a vast experiment of methods to crack the human soul. Mubarak Hussain Bin Abul Hashem is the only Bangladeshi to have returned from Guantanamo bay after five years of imprisonment. While under us army custody, he was known as “Enemy Combatant Number – 151”. On 17th of December, 2006, a special US Air Force plane flew Mubarak back to Bangladesh after failing to get any clue of his alleged terror links.

Bringing the story of his shattered past into life visually for the first time was an extremely difficult yet critical challenge for me. But it was crucial to vividly exhibit the human cost of ‘Land of the free’s’ ill-conceived and violently executed “War on Terror”. Which, like for so many others, changed the life of a Bangladeshi named Mubarak Hussain, forever.

By Shumon Ahmed.


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