1/8. Thread I notice that people talk about #Guantánamo, the first thing they mention is #torture. Always enhanced interrogation + #waterboarding + #sleepdeprivation. But I think of vacuums. Sensory deprivation. Isolation.

1:24 PM · Oct 24, 2021

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2/8 What most people don’t understand is how creative Guantánamo was is torturing us. Before General Miller, every Saturday night we sang together on our blocks &recited poetry. We sang in every language. It was so beautiful. Even the guards liked our songs.
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3/8 We sang is Pashto, Urdu, Arabic, French… Every song transported us out of Guantanamo, back to our homes and to our families. There was one singer who called himself Bahr (sea), who had the most beautiful voice.
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4/8 One Saturday night, big industrial vacuums appeared on the blocks. We didn’t know what they were. When we started singing that night, the guards turned them on. Oh, Allah! The noise those vacuums made. They screamed so loud we had to cover our ears.
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5/8 They ran the vacuums all day. Covering our ears didn’t help. We couldn’t hear or talk to each other. Those vacuums screamed at us for hours and days and months, stabbing into our brains.
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6/8 I was sorry that we couldn’t sing together anymore. But worse were the headaches that never ended. The chest pain, ear pain, eye pain that got so bad my vision blurred. This is what I wrote in #DontForgetUsHere.
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7/8 Some men tried to kill themselves. The noise burrowed into their souls. We lived with the noise of vacuums and fans for years. I still get splitting headaches. And the simple sound of a fan makes my mind spin out of control.
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8/8 They were very creative at Guantanamo. They tortured us in many ways. I hope that one day people will talk about the everyday physical and psychological torture we suffered. And demand that the US #CloseGuantanamo once and for all.
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