Write to the Forgotten Prisoners in Guantánamo


Sometimes the idea for a campaign arrives out of the blue, and this is the case with a project to write to all the remaining prisoners in Guantánamo, which was launched last week by Shahrina Ahmed-Amatullah, a friend on Facebook.

Shahrina had a list of 24 prisoners provided by Amnesty International (mirrored here), and approached me to ask if I had a list of all the prisoners still held. I explained that I didn’t have a specific list of the remaining prisoners, but that she could extract their names from my definitive prisoner lists (available here, here, here and here), which she then did, announcing the project via a Facebook note entitled, “What if YOU were tortured … and no one knew about it??!”

As Shahrina explained in her note, announcing a deadline of July 12 for writing to all the remaining prisoners, and asking her friends to nominate prisoners to whom they would write, “A single letter to these prisoners is a huge ray of light in their lives. Think about it — why can we not even do just that?! Is that how busy and occupied we are with life?”

As she also explained, “It will be nice if you could leave your name and address as you sign off the letter — as some brothers like to write back. This also gives the brothers hope that they do have support — and gives them the opportunity to talk about their lives to someone. It gives them the opportunity to lighten their hearts. You have the honour of lifting their weights and giving them the chance to speak about what it is REALLY like in there. If you still wish not to disclose any information — then please do not let this put you off. It’s not compulsory that you disclose such information — it is just comforting for the brothers to know they have someone else to communicate with — who really cares.”

I thought this was such an excellent idea — as did my colleagues at Cageprisoners — that the team at Cageprisoners also put together a campaign page, entitled, “Do not forget to write to the remaining prisoners in Guantánamo,” which contained the following information:

Guantánamo Bay may be off the radar screens, with some people actually believing the place has been closed down simply because Obama had promised to do so within a year of his presidency, but how can the men held there for so many years simply be erased from our memories? The campaign against the US prison may not have achieved the ultimate goal of acquiring justice for all the prisoners, but it has ensured that the men of Guantánamo are not forgotten. At least that’s what it should have done.

A practical part of any campaign is to engage those whom it affects most — in this case the prisoners (and their families).

A letter can literally go a long way in helping to relieve the ordeal of men who have been incarcerated in the world’s most notorious prison for close to a decade, without charge or trial in any fair or recognised legal system. After years of neglect, torture, abuse, cruel and unusual treatment the remaining prisoners at Guantánamo Bay still have no light at the end of the tunnel. Their strength and resilience has been in their faith, whilst their patience has been tested to the extreme.

Writing a letter to them might not secure their release or replace their lost years, but it can give a person who feels abandoned by the world a little solace and hope. Testimony from released prisoners bears witness to that.

Former Guantánamo prisoner and Al-Jazeera journalist Sami Al-Hajj said:

There were very few moments in Guantánamo that would give us joy. One of those moments was when we received letters from our families; but we were even happier knowing that some — who we didn’t even know — had written to us for no other reason than to show their support and care for us.

Former Guantánamo prisoner and Cageprisoners’ researcher Feroz Abbasi said:

The odd letter from a person I didn’t know in the outside world gave me a lot of strength, particularly because I felt we had been abandoned by the world — especially the Muslim world.

Former Guantánamo prisoner and Cageprisoners director Moazzam Begg said:

Letters and messages of support and solidarity are just as important now as they were when we first received them, even when they were heavily redacted. In a place where all hope of justice seems so far removed letters from unseen faces and unknown names are a breath of fresh air and a ray of hope.

So, please remember the prisoners in your prayer and follow through with actions that might bring a little smile to those who have undergone unimaginable tribulations over the years.

The Cageprisoners campaign page also linked to an earlier page providing advice about writing letters. There are many different points of view regarding what is appropriate, and what may or may not get through to prisoners. Amnesty International, for example, point out that simple messages of good will are best, and that anything that can be construed as political should be avoided, as it will almost certainly not be delivered. Their “Greeting Cards Campaign” page, for example, provides the following advice: “Simple messages of solidarity and good will are enough, especially if you are not writing in the recipient’s first language. For example: ‘Wishing you peace and happiness for the future’ or ‘Thinking of you.’ Never advance your political opinions or discuss politics.”

This is certainly sound advice, but for Muslim readers — or, indeed, for non-Muslims who want to reach out to prisoners in a manner they will understand — Cageprisoners also provides the following suggestions:

  • Encourage them to be patient, and to have faith in Allah.
  • Remind them that this life is filled with trials, and that those whom Allah loves will be tested again and again.
  • Remind them of their purpose in life, and the promise of Jannah.
  • Quote Qur’anic verses and hadith that mention the above, which will help increase their faith and strengthen their relationship with Allah.
  • Encourage them to read the Qur’an often and engage in a lot of Dhikr.
  • Whether you write a few words, or a long letter, it is important to keep on writing on a regular basis. As it is told in a hadith of the Prophet, sallallahu alayhi was sallam, “The most beloved deeds to Allah are those which are regularly done even if they were little.”

Cageprisoners also notes that writing to prisoners “lets prison staff know that people out there care, and are concerned about them,” and that this “may decrease the chances that the prisoners [are] mistreated.”

So please, go ahead and write. If you are an Arabic speaker, or speak any other languages spoken by the prisoners besides English, feel free to write in those languages, and if you want any more encouragement about the significance for prisoners of receiving letters, then please visit this Amnesty International page, which features a short film of former prisoner Omar Deghayes showing letters he received in Guantánamo and explaining how much they meant to him — and to his fellow prisoners, which was filmed as part of an interview with Omar that is featured in the documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (directed by Polly Nash and myself), and available on DVD here. Also, please feel free to let me know if you have written a letter, and also if you receive a reply.

Please write to the remaining 181 prisoners in Guantánamo!

When writing to the prisoners please ensure you include their full name and ISN (internment serial number) below (the numbers before their names, i.e. Shaker Aamer ISN 239) and address to:

U.S. Naval Station
Guantánamo Bay
Washington, D.C. 20355
United States of America

Also please note that the list includes five prisoners who have been released, but who I have been unable to identify, because their names have not been publicly disclosed: three unidentified prisoners released in Slovakia in January 2010, and two unidentified prisoners released in Georgia in March 2010.

POSTSCRIPT July 29, 2010: The three prisoners released in Slovakia have now been identified, and since this list was compiled five other prisoners have been released (four of these have been identified).

POSTSCRIPT January 19, 2011: An Algerian released in January 2011 has also been noted.

1) 004 Wasiq, Abdul-Haq (Afghanistan)
2) 006 Noori, Mullah Norullah (Afghanistan)
3) 007 Fazil, Mullah Mohammed (Afghanistan)
4) 026 Ghazi, Fahed (Yemen)
5) 027 Uthman, Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed (Yemen)
6) 028 Al Alawi, Muaz (Yemen)
7) 029 Al Ansi, Mohammed (Yemen)
8) 030 Al Hakimi, Ahmed (Yemen)
9) 031 Al Mujahid, Mahmoud (Yemen)
10) 033 Al Adahi, Mohammed (Yemen)
11) 034 Al Yafi, Abdullah (Yemen)
12) 035 Qader Idris, Idris (Yemen)
13) 036 Idris, Ibrahim (Sudan)
14) 037 Al Rahabi, Abdul Malik (Yemen)
15) 038 Al Yazidi, Ridah (Tunisia)
16) 039 Al Bahlul, Ali Hamza (Yemen)
17) 040 Al Mudafari, Abdel Qadir (Yemen)
18) 041 Ahmad, Majid (Yemen)
19) 042 Shalabi, Abdul Rahman (Saudi Arabia)
20) 043 Moqbel, Samir (Yemen)
21) 044 Ghanim, Mohammed (Yemen)
22) 045 Al Rezehi, Ali Ahmad (Yemen)
23) 054 Al Qosi, Ibrahim (Sudan)
24) 063 Al Qahtani, Mohammed (Saudi Arabia)
25) 088 Awad, Adham Ali (Yemen)
26) 089 Tsiradzho, Poolad (Azerbaijan) RELEASED IN SLOVAKIA
27) 091 Al Saleh, Abdul (Yemen)
28) 115 Naser, Abdul Rahman (Yemen)
29) 117 Al Warafi, Muktar (Yemen)
30) 128 Al Bihani, Ghaleb (Yemen)
31) 131 Ben Kend, Salem (Yemen)
32) 152 Al Khalaqi, Asim (Yemen)
33) 153 Suleiman, Fayiz (Yemen)
34) 156 Latif, Adnan Farhan Abdul (Yemen)
35) 163 Al Qadasi, Khalid (Yemen)
36) 165 Al Busayss, Said (Yemen)
37) 167 Al Raimi, Ali Yahya (Yemen)
38) 168 Hakimi, Adel (Hakeemy) (Tunisia)
39) 170 Masud, Sharaf (Yemen)
40) 171 Alahdal, Abu Bakr (Yemen)
41) 174 Sliti, Hisham (Tunisia)
42) 178 Baada, Tareq (Yemen)
43) 189 Gherebi, Salem (Libya)
44) 195 Al Shumrani, Mohammed (Saudi Arabia)
45) 197 Chekhouri, Younis (Morocco)
46) 200 Al Qahtani, Said (Saudi Arabia)
47) 202 Bin Atef, Mahmoud (Yemen)
48) 219 Razak, Abdul (China)
49) 223 Sulayman, Abdul Rahman (Yemen)
50) 224 Muhammad, Abdul Rahman (Yemen)
51) 232 Al Odah, Fawzi (Al Awda) (Kuwait)
52) 233 Salih, Abdul (Yemen)
53) 235 Jarabh, Saeed (Yemen)
54) 238 Hadjarab, Nabil (Algeria-France)
55) 239 Aamer, Shaker (UK-Saudi Arabia)
56) 240 Al Shabli, Abdullah (Saudi Arabia)
57) 242 Qasim, Khaled (Yemen)
58) 244 Nassir, Abdul Latif (Morocco)
59) 249 Al Hamiri, Mohammed (Yemen)
60) 251 Bin Salem, Mohammed (Yemen)
61) 254 Khenaina, Mohammed (Yemen)
62) 255 Hatim, Said (Yemen)
63) 257 Abdulayev, Omar (Tajikistan)
64) 259 Hintif, Fadil (Yemen)
65) 263 Sultan, Ashraf (Libya)
66) 275 Abbas, Yusef (Abdusabar) (China)
67) 280 Khalik, Saidullah (Khalid) (China)
68) 282 Abdulghupur, Hajiakbar (China)
69) 288 Saib, Motai (Algeria)
70) 290 Belbacha, Ahmed (UK-Algeria)
71) 307 Al Tumani, Abdul Nasir (Syria) RELEASED IN CAPE VERDE
72) 309 Abdal Sattar, Muieen (UAE)
73) 310 Ameziane, Djamel (Algeria)
74) 311 Bin Mohammed, Farhi Said (Algeria) RELEASED
75) 321 Kuman, Ahmed Yaslam Said (Yemen)
76) 324 Al Sabri, Mashur (Yemen)
77) 326 Ajam, Ahmed (Syria)
78) 327 Shaaban, Ali Hussein (Syria)
79) 328 Mohamed, Ahmed (China)
80) 329 Al Hamawe, Abu Omar (Syria)
81) 331 Al Shurafa, Ayman (Saudi Arabia-Palestine) RELEASED IN GERMANY
82) 369 El Gazzar, Adel Fattough Ali (Egypt) RELEASED IN SLOVAKIA
83) 434 Al Shamyri, Mustafa (Yemen)
84) 440 Bawazir, Mohammed (Yemen)
85) 441 Al Zahri, Abdul Rahman (Yemen)
86) 461 Al Qyati, Abdul Rahman (Yemen)
87) 498 Haidel, Mohammed (Yemen)
88) 502 Ourgy, Abdul (Tunisia)
89) 506 Al Dhuby, Khalid (Yemen)
90) 508 Al Rabie, Salman (Yemen)
91) 509 Khusruf, Mohammed (Yemen)
92) 511 Al Nahdi, Sulaiman (Yemen)
93) 522 Ismail, Yasin (Yemen)
94) 535 El Sawah, Tariq (Al Sawah) (Bosnia-Egypt)
95) 537 Al Ali, Mahmud (Syria) RELEASED IN GERMANY
96) 549 Al Dayi, Omar (Yemen)
97) 550 Zaid, Walid (Yemen)
98) 552 Al Kandari, Faiz (Kuwait)
99) 553 Al Baidhani, Abdul Khaliq (Saudi Arabia)
100) 554 Al Assani, Fehmi (Yemen)
101) 560 Mohammed, Haji Wali (Afghanistan)
102) 564 Bin Amer, Jalal (Yemen)
103) 566 Qattaa, Mansoor (Saudi Arabia)
104) 569 Al Shorabi, Zohair (Yemen)
105) 570 Al Qurashi, Sabri (Yemen)
106) 572 Al Zabe, Salah (Saudi Arabia)
107) 574 Al Wady, Hamoud (Yemen)
108) 575 Al Azani, Saad (Yemen)
109) 576 Bin Hamdoun, Zahir (Yemen)
110) 578 Al Suadi, Abdul Aziz (Yemen)
111) 579 Khairkhwa, Khairullah (Afghanistan)
112) 675 Kasimbekov, Kamalludin (Uzbekistan) PROBABLY RELEASED IN LATVIA
113) 680 Hassan, Emad (Yemen)
114) 681 Hassen, Mohammed (Mohammed Hassan Odaini) (Yemen) RELEASED
115) 682 Al Sharbi, Ghassan (Saudi Arabia)
116) 684 Tahamuttan, Mohammed (Palestine)
117) 685 Ali, Abdelrazak (Algeria)
118) 686 Hakim, Abdel (Yemen)
119) 688 Ahmed, Fahmi (Yemen)
120) 689 Salam, Mohamed (Yemen)
121) 690 Qader, Ahmed Abdul (Yemen)
122) 691 Al Zarnuki, Mohammed (Yemen)
123) 694 Barhoumi, Sufyian (Algeria)
124) 695 Abu Bakr, Omar (Omar Mohammed Khalifh) (Libya)
125) 696 Al Qahtani, Jabran (Saudi Arabia)
126) 702 Mingazov, Ravil (Russia)
127) 707 Muhammed, Noor Uthman (Sudan)
128) 708 Al Bakush, Ismael (Libya)
129) 713 Al Zahrani, Mohammed (Saudi Arabia)
130) 717 Bin Hadiddi, Abdulhadi (Hedi Hammamy) (Tunisia)
131) 722 Diyab, Jihad (Syria)
132) 728 Nassir, Jamil (Yemen)
133) 744 Naji, Aziz Abdul (Algeria) RELEASED
134) 753 Zahir, Abdul (Afghanistan)
135) 757 Abdul Aziz, Ahmed Ould (Mauritania)
136) 760 Slahi, Mohamedou Ould (Salahi) (Mauritania)
137) 762 Obaidullah (Afghanistan)
138) 766 Khadr, Omar (Canada)
139) 768 Al Darbi, Ahmed Mohammed (Saudi Arabia)
140) 782 Gul, Awal (Afghanistan)
141) 832 Omari, Mohammed Nabi (Afghanistan)
142) 836 Saleh, Ayoub Murshid Ali (Yemen)
143) 837 Al Marwalah, Bashir (Yemen)
144) 838 Balzuhair, Shawki Awad (Yemen)
145) 839 Al Mudwani, Musab (Musa’ab Al Madhwani) (Yemen)
146) 840 Al Maythali, Hail Aziz Ahmed (Yemen)
147) 841 Nashir, Said Salih Said (Yemen)
148) 892 Al Hami, Rafiq (Alhami) (Tunisia) RELEASED IN SLOVAKIA
149) 893 Al Bihani, Tawfiq (Saudi Arabia)
150) 894 Abdul Rahman, Mohammed (Tunisia)
151) 899 Khan, Shawali (Afghanistan)
152) 928 Gul, Khi Ali (Afghanistan)
153) 934 Ghani, Abdul (Afghanistan)
154) 975 Karim, Bostan (Afghanistan)
155) 1008 Sohail, Mohammed Mustafa (Afghanistan)
156) 1015 Almerfedi, Hussein (Yemen)
157) 1017 Al Rammah, Omar (Zakaria al-Baidany) (Yemen)
158) 1045 Kamin, Mohammed (Afghanistan)
159) 1094 Paracha, Saifullah (Pakistan)
160) 1103 Zahir, Mohammed (Afghanistan)
161) 1119 Hamidullah, Haji (Afghanistan)
162) 1453 Al Kazimi, Sanad (Yemen)
163) 1456 Bin Attash, Hassan (Saudi Arabia)
164) 1457 Sharqawi, Abdu Ali (Yemen)
165) 1460 Rabbani, Abdul Rahim Ghulam (Pakistan)
166) 1461 Rabbani, Mohammed Ghulam (Pakistan)
167) 1463 Al Hela, Abdulsalam (Yemen)
168) 10001 Bensayah, Belkacem (Bosnia-Algeria)
169) 10011 Al Hawsawi, Mustafa (Saudi Arabia)
170) 10013 Bin Al Shibh, Ramzi (Yemen)
171) 10014 Bin Attash, Waleed (Saudi Arabia)
172) 10015 Al Nashiri, Abdul Rahim (Saudi Arabia)
173) 10016 Zubaydah, Abu (Palestine-Saudi Arabia)
174) 10017 Al Libi, Abu Faraj (Libya)
175) 10018 Al Baluchi, Ammar (Ali Abdul Aziz Ali) (Pakistan-Kuwait)
176) 10019 Isamuddin, Riduan (Hamlili) (Indonesia)
177) 10020 Khan, Majid (Pakistan)
178) 10021 Bin Amin, Modh Farik (Zubair) (Malaysia)
179) 10022 Bin Lep, Mohammed (Lillie) (Malaysia)
180) 10023 Dourad, Gouled Hassan (Somalia)
181) 10024 Mohammed, Khalid Sheikh (Pakistan-Kuwait)
182) 10025 Malik, Mohammed Abdul (Kenya)
183) 10026 Al Iraqi, Abdul Hadi (Iraq)
184) 10028 Al Afghani, Haroon (Afghanistan)
185) 10029 Inayatullah (Afghanistan)
186) 10030 Rahim, Muhammad (Afghanistan)

Andy Worthington is the author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (published by Pluto Press, distributed by Macmillan in the US, and available from Amazon — click on the following for the US and the UK) and of two other books: Stonehenge: Celebration and Subversion and The Battle of the Beanfield. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed (and I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter). Also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, updated in January 2010, details about the new documentary film, “Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo” (co-directed by Polly Nash and Andy Worthington, currently on tour in the UK, and available on DVD here), and my definitive Guantánamo habeas list, and, if you appreciate my work, feel free to make a donation.

20 Responses

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  3. Dawn says...

    Hi, I was wondering, if you write to a prisoner at the prison – would they even receive it? Because I heard the officers are reluctant to give the prisoners letters and often hide it. Another problem is, if I write in English, will the person receiving it understand how to (read) English because I understand not all of them are fluent in English? Well these are the only two problems that are preventing me from writing otherwise I would really like to, I’m a teenager btw and would appreciate it if you could write back asap thanks so much!

  4. Liz says...

    I’ve just finished my goal of sending a letter to every inmate. However, this week, some of the letters postmarked in Jan 2011 have been returned–some partly opened–with a postal sticker reading: Return to Sender, Not Deliverable as Addressed, Unable to Forward.
    Has there been a change in the address or in the policy of allowing inmates to receive mail? Also, I was curious as to why some of the letters had been partially opened (a 1-2 inch slit in the side of the envelope). Maybe to see if the letters are handwritten or printed. The letters I sent were printed out instead of handwritten so maybe that’s why they were returned. (???) Any help to understand why this happened would be SO appreciated! God Bless!! =]

  5. Andy Worthington says...

    Hi Liz,
    Did you include the men’s ISN number? That’s the main way the authorities will know who they are. With names, there are various permutations through ignorance or transliteration problems, which could prevent them from arriving, and also, of course, some of your letters may have fallen prey to petty vindictiveness, which I imagine is still happening. I’d be interested to know who the returned letters were addressed to. Feel free to email me (andy@andyworthington.co.uk) if you’re happy to share this information, as it might help me to understand the situation a little more.

  6. Liz says...

    Yes, the ISN was included in the address on the front of the envelope and at the top of the letter. I’m not sure why they were returned.

  7. Andy Worthington says...

    No, nor am I, Liz, but unless they’ve already been released it confirms that the same random interference with mail is happening as took place under Bush.

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    […] A year ago, two Facebook friends, Shahrina J. Ahmed and Mahfuja Bint Ammu, drew on my research about Guantánamo for a letter-writing campaign, in which they asked their friends and others on Facebook to volunteer to write to each of the remaining prisoners in Guantánamo. Shahrina announced the letter-writing campaign via a Facebook note entitled, “What if YOU were tortured … and no one knew about it??!” and I then publicized it via an article entitled, Write to the Forgotten Prisoners in Guantánamo. […]

  9. Fathima Shaw says...

    Is there a new list being compiled for 2011??? Are many of them released or still at Guantanamo? I wrote in last year to about 10 men, I hope they are doing better than last year.

  10. Andy Worthington says...

    Hi Fathima,
    I was just thinking about that the other day, and have written to the organizers of the campaigns over the last 18 months. The most recent was in summer, but I think a new campaign to mark the 10th anniversary of the prison opening on January 11 would be very appropriate.
    This was the most recent campaign: http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2011/06/22/write-to-the-forgotten-prisoners-in-guantanamo-summer-2011/

  11. Doreen says...

    I am a Canadian resident and have been following Omar’s story for some time. I have a thing about children and war … They don’t belong in them fighting as soldiers!
    It should be obvious to everyone, but apparently it is not.
    I would like to write to Omar Khadr. Time is approaching close to the point where Omar Khadr will be coming home to Canada. He should be made to feel welcome. It is so important. There are however a great many people in Canada who will do anything but make him feel welcome here.
    I am sorry to say that I never wrote to Omar before. Instead I wasted my time posting commentary in various online articles of Canadian and American news publications. In 2008 I also wrote the newly elected President Obama and further in January 2009 Prime Minister Harper’s office.
    I never heard back from Obama, but Prime Ministe Harper’s office responded rapidly and informed me that they forwarded my email on to Lawrence Cannon’s office (Minister of Foreign Affairs). Suprisingly Lawrence Cannon’s office actually wrote back and amongst other things wrote:

    “Canada has consistently sought to ensure that Mr. Khadr receives the benefits of due process, including the access to Canadian counsel of his choice.”

    Cannon’s office actually provided me with quite a few details regarding their activities. So that was an interesting experience for me.
    But since the issue for me is heartfelt and not about political games and with the words of UNICEF:

    ‘Children become involved in armed conflict when there isn’t a governmental infrastructure in place to protect them.
    Children become involved in armed conflict because they are physically and mentally easy to control.
    Child Soldiers are both victims and victimizers.’

    That is what moves me to see in Omar’s plight a unique opportunity for various layers of Canadian society to learn a whole lot about a whole host of issues. I sincerely believe that Omar’s story will transform Canadian society. We are are a country that prides itself in tackling the challenges and promises of multiculturalism and yet we failed Omar Khadr. And regarding politics … most certainly all parties failed Omar Khadr at one time or another.
    I very much hope that he returns to us and I hope sincerely that he will get his opportunity to enter postsecondary studies as a mature student at King’s University College.
    Reading some of the Arlette Zinck – Omar Khadr correspondence leaves me with a kind of dawning that Omar Khadr is going to leave an impression in Canadian history in a way that nobody quite expects. I think that he has a very important, innovative future ahead of him.
    I have no idea if correspondence will reach him. I am guessing I will start of with oversized postcards – they are easy to security screen and therefore will hopefully be perceived as “troublefree” by the censors …
    Any tips?

  12. Andy Worthington says...

    Thanks, Doreen. It’s very good to hear from you, and I’m sure that Omar will be delighted to know that you are one of the many Canadians who do not exult in punishing a child for having been placed in a warzone by his father.
    I am glad you came across Omar’s correspondence, as I found it to be one of the most important stories of Omar’s humanity to have emerged from his whole horrendous ordeal: http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2010/11/01/a-childs-soul-is-sacred-omar-khadrs-touching-exchange-of-letters-with-canadian-professor/
    As for writing to Omar, I guess that the best approach is to send him a letter directly, and the general advice given is to avoid anything that might be construed by military officials as at all contentious:

    Omar Khadr
    ISN 766
    Camp Delta
    P.O. Box 160
    Washington D.C. 20053

    You could, however, also try and locate his lawyers in Canada.
    Hope this helps!

  13. Doreen Hacker says...

    Thank you for your reply.
    It is appreciated.
    I will get busy and thank you for the suggestion about potentially seeking the route through Omar’s lawyers. Certainly also an option.
    Here is to hoping that the two governments don’t stretch the transfer process out until 2013.

  14. Andy Worthington says...

    You’re welcome, Doreen. Waiting until 2013 would be monstrous – and counter-porductive for the US’s plans to persuade other Guantanamo prisoners that making plea deals is a good way of getting released – but no one in a position of power seems fundamentally to care about doing anything – anything! – that will contribute to the closure Guantanamo.

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  16. Sumaaya says...

    Dear Andy

    Peace be onYou ( Sealam Aleikum) and all the people who are with you helping supporting funding this cause for the closure of this hell. Masallah May God bless you all.

    First of all may God give you the patience and strength to continue with this.

    I have just recently found out about you and this project – please do you have the latest detainee list with you? Is it better that the letters are hand written?

    Thank you for your time.


  17. Andy Worthington says...

    Hi Sumaaya,
    Thank you for the kind and supportive words. It’s very good to hear from you.
    I published a list of the remaining prisoners just a week ago, which is available here: http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2013/01/10/please-write-to-the-forgotten-prisoners-in-guantanamo-on-the-11th-anniversary-of-the-opening-of-the-prison/
    I’m not sure that it matters whether letters are hand-written or not, from the point of view of the authorities, although I imagine that the prisoners themselves would be happy to receive hand-written messages.
    Thanks again for your interest.

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