Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes - Video Animation

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Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes - Video Animation

Warning: contains scenes some viewers might find disturbing

This new animation narrated by actors David Morrisey and Peter Capaldi depicting life inside the US prison at Guantanamo Bay was released Friday. The animation ‘features’ three detainees who have been cleared for release but remain detained - Shaker Aamer, Younous Chekkouri, Samir Mukbel and Ahmed Belbacha.

Produced by Sherbert and the Guardian, the film uses testimony from the men, and also from recently released Nabil Hadjarab, provided by their lawyers at human rights charity Reprieve.

Shaker Aamer is a British resident whose British wife and four children all live in London. The UK Prime Minister has called for the return of Shaker and recently raised his case with President Obama. Younous Chekkouri is a Moroccan national with strong ties to Germany. Samir Mukbel is a Yemeni whose op-ed in the New York Times earlier this year drew attention to the hunger-strike, and Ahmed Belbacha is an Algerian man who lived for a time in the UK. Despite all three having been cleared for release they remain detained at the prison.

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