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Saturday, 14 February, 2004
Boy praises Guantanamo jailers
Andrew North
By Andrew North
BBC, eastern Afghanistan
Ex-Guantanamo inmate Naqibullah

Naqibullah wants compensation to pay for a medical education
Naqibullah wants compensation to pay for a medical education
An Afghan boy has told the BBC he feels no bitterness about being held in the US Guantanamo camp for terror suspects.
More than a year after being captured by US troops fighting members of the Taleban and al-Qaeda, Naqibullah, 13, is back home in eastern Afghanistan.
He spent much of his time in captivity in Camp Iguana, the children's section of the US detention centre on the tropical island of Cuba.
The teenager said he felt fine and was happy to tell his story.
He had never even been to Kabul, let alone outside Afghanistan, before he was taken prisoner by the Americans.
"I hadn't done anything, but they suspected me because I was standing next to some men who had guns," he said.
'Guest treatment'
Gul Mohammed, father of ex-Guantanamo inmate Naqibullah

Mohammed Gul, Naqibullah's fathe
He behaves better with his sisters and brothers, he shows me more respect
Mohammed Gul
Naqibullah's father

"I told them I was innocent.   I don't even know how to use a gun."
Unlike most of those in Guantanamo Bay, he was not forced to wear an orange boiler suit, or shackled and hooded.
In fact, apart from the two other boys released with him, he says he saw no other detainees.
He even says he was treated like a guest of the US forces.
"We were not like prisoners there.   We were not tortured.   They didn't tie our hands.   And they gave us education," he said.
There is no bitterness or anger, but the boy learned enough English to make this one demand of the Americans: "I want the Americans to pay me because I was not a criminal.   I want them to help me become a doctor."
Life changed
After more than a year in US custody, Naqibullah is now trying to adjust to life back home in his village.
It is hard to exaggerate just what a strange and unsettling experience this has been for him, but this is perhaps not the Guantanamo Bay story you might expect.
A young boy throws a snowball at ex-Guantanamo inmate Naqibullah
The dam is meant to alleviate flooding and provide power
At the mosque, Naqibullah's father, Gul Mohammed, leads prayers.   His attitude shows the very different culture and mindset here.
You might think he would be angry with the Americans.   Actually he thinks they have done Naqibullah a favour.
"He has learnt to speak English.   He has come back with an education.   He knows about things," Gul Mohammed said.
"He behaves better with his sisters and brothers, he shows me more respect, and he has been to big places like Kabul, and the rest of the world."
But it could be difficult for Naqibullah now.   As I leave his village, he says: "I want to go to the city."
Afghanistan US military abuse of tribal people.

'After that I was so humiliated I couldn't see for my pain'

What I find is that the US Marines act with impunity.

They are conducting cordon and search operations designed to humiliate and terrorise the local community into compliance.

This is a rare and damning insight into what US forces are doing in that other “war on terror.”

Away from the eyes of the media, humiliation and brutalisation tactics similar to those used at Abu Ghraib are practiced here with impunity.

This documentary on Afghaistan by Carmela Baranowska that won the Walkley Award is a unique and unprecedented look at the sharp edge of the war on terror in one of the most remote and inaccessible places on earth.
Winner of the Walkley Award   Australian filmmaker   Carmela Baranowska.
What I find is that the US Marines act with impunity.  They are conducting cordon and search operations designed to humiliate and terrorise the local community into compliance.
This is a rare and damning insight into what US forces are doing in that other “war on terror.”
Away from the eyes of the media, humiliation and brutalisation tactics similar to those used at Abu Ghraib are practiced here with impunity.
This documentary is a unique and unprecedented look at the sharp edge of the war on terror in one of the most remote and inaccessible places on earth.
Unspeakable grief and horror
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He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
And of course I am.
Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
"It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
Let's change it!
 
 
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       Photos of Afghanistan people being killed and injured by NATO     
 
 
 
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