Guantánamo Detainees in a Progressive’s Paradise

Six men were transferred from the Guantánamo prison camp to Uruguay in 2014 as part of a deal with the U.S. government. The Uruguay six had been detained as likely al-Qaida affiliates after having moved to Afghanistan or Pakistan from Arab countries. However, according to David Marshall, the attorney for one of the former detainees, Ahmed Adnan Ahjam, “My client was a young man in his early twenties in Syria and essentially went to Afghanistan as a sort of coming-of-age spiritual adventure, not unlike people of my generation who went to San Francisco in 1968 with flowers in their hair.”

For a powerful story of the journey of these six men, from the Middle East to Montevideo, see the article “Guantánamo Detainees in a Progressive’s Paradise in The Islamic Monthly.