Shaker Aamer home from Guantánamo after 14 years

Image of Shaker Aamer waving to the camera

On 25 September 2015 it was announced that Shaker Aamer would finally be released from Guantánamo Bay after 14 years of detention and torture. On 30th October 2015, he was returned home to the UK.

“We are, of course, delighted that Shaker is on his way back to his home and his family here in the UK. It is long, long past time. Shaker now needs to see a doctor, and then get to spend time alone with his family as soon as possible.”


Cori Crider, Shaker’s US attorney and Strategic Director at Reprieve

Thank you to everyone who has stood with Shaker and fought for his release for all these years.

I don’t know when I am coming out but pray for me that it will be soon.”

My dear wife and lovely kids,

I don’t know when I am coming out but pray for me that it will be soon. I cried a lot when you told me about how the kids talk to their cars and toys as if I am talking to them on the phone. Please try to be easy on them. Don’t send any pictures of the kids – it will make it hard on me here in jail.

Whatever happens to me be with Allah. I love you all.


Shakers’s first letter from Guantánamo (2003)

About Shaker Aamer

Shaker Amer at GuantanamoShaker Aamer was taken, hooded and shackled, to the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay on the same day his youngest child was born – a child he has still never met, touched, or even seen. Reprieve began representing Shaker, and he was cleared for release in 2007.

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