Even if the Pain

Even if the pain of the wound increases,
There must be a remedy to treat it.

Even if the days in prison endure,
There must be a day when we will get out.

— Siddiq Turkestani
(Trans. by Marc Falkoff)

In 1997, Saudi Arabian Siddiq Turkestani was traveling in Afghanistan when he was kidnapped by al-Qaeda. He was imprisoned and tortured until 2001, when U.S. intelligence found him in a jail in Kandahar. The U.S. sent him from Kandahar to Guantánmo, where he was subsequently imprisoned, accused of being a member of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. In January 2005, the U.S. military decided Turkestani was not an enemy combatant. They waited six more months before releasing him from prison.

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