Ayman al Shurafa, one of Guantánamo’s ‘homeless’ prisoners today begins his new life in Hamburg
September 16, 2010
Today marks the end of Ayman’s nearly nine-year ordeal in Guantánamo Bay. Although the US military cleared him for release in 2007, Saudi-born Palestinian Ayman remained pointlessly imprisoned simply because he had nowhere to go. The Saudi government refused to accept him because he holds a Palestinian passport, while the situation in Gaza made it impossible for him to return to his family there.
From every report, the German government has treated Ayman with the utmost courtesy and care. While being held in Guantánamo, Ayman suffered from depression, along with various physical ailments caused by his time in Camp 6, where for years the US government held prisoners in supermax conditions. Whilst in Camp 6 Ayman spent 22 hours a day in a 2mx3m cell constantly flooded with fluorescent light. He is today receiving essential medical treatment in a Hamburg hospital.
Once declared physically sound, Ayman will move into the apartment kindly provided for him and then the long process of rehabilitation will begin. Reprieve is sure that, thanks to the excellent support he is receiving, Ayman will rebuild his life successfully and become a valuable citizen of Germany.
Reprieve’s Legal Director Cori Crider said: “Ayman is so grateful to the German government and people for the extraordinary kindness they have shown him. He is very happy to be free at last and looking forward to building a new life in his adopted country.”
For more information please go to http://www.reprieve.org.uk/aymanalshurafa.
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