Five Years of My Life

Five Years of My Life

An Innocent Man in Guantanamo

Book - 2008
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In October 2001, nineteen-year-old Murat Kurnaz traveled to Pakistan to visit a madrassa. During a security check a few weeks after his arrival, he was arrested without explanation and for a bounty of $3,000, the Pakistani police sold him to U.S. forces. He was first taken to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was severely mistreated, and then two months later he was flown to Guantanamo as Prisoner #61. For more than 1,600 days, he was tortured and lived through hell. He was kept in a cage andendured daily interrogations, solitary confinement, and sleep deprivation. Finally, in August 2006, Kurnaz was released, with acknowledgment of his innocence. Told with lucidity, accuracy, and wisdom, Kurnaz's story is both sobering and poignant--an important testimony about our turbulent times when innocent people get caught in the crossfire of the war on terrorism.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780230603745
Branch Call Number: 973.931 Kurnaz 04/2008
Characteristics: 255 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.

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Dec 20, 2009

Stunning in it's detail and brutality, this is an unforgettable journey into the world of Guantanamo Bay. At it's black heart, Gitmo is not about justice, truth, or any other higher principle. It is about manipulation, control, deception, torture, murder, destruction, greed, ignorance, abuse of power, and that's just the Americans. Murat Kurnaz add his voice to the call for reason in this amazing journal.


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