Prisoner released, poems and essays now indefinitely detained in his stead

U.S. authorities released an Afghan detainee from the camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but refused to return the poems and essays he wrote during his three-year confinement:

At first, deprived of paper and pen, Dost memorised his best lines or scribbled them secretly on paper cups. Later, he was supplied with writing materials and made up for lost time by producing reams of poems and essays — only to have all but a few of the documents confiscated by the US government upon his release. “Why did they give me a pen and paper if they were planning to do that?” Dost asked last week with evident anguish. “Each word was like a child to me — irreplaceable.”

(Via Moorish Girl.)


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