Survivors by Country: Yemen
They are artists of torture,
They are artists of pain and fatigue,
They are artists of insults and humiliation.
Where is the world to save us from torture?
Where is the world to save us from the fire and sadness?
Where is the world to save the hunger strikers?
- Adnan Latif
Poems from Guantánamo*
Yemeni Taxi Driver, Captured in Afghanistan and Sold to U.S. Forces, Still at Guantánamo
A Yemeni taxi driver, Nabil was not a devout Muslim, and attended the mosque closest at hand on an irregular basis. He never went on a Hadj pilgrimage. He smoked and chewed qut, a mild stimulant obtained from a plant, and played in a band. He was encouraged by a friend to go abroad to teach children the Quran in Arabic.
Yemeni Laborer, One of the First Men to Arrive at Guantánamo, Held Without Charge Since 2002
For ten years, Samir Nasy Hajan Mukbel (ISN-043) has been held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, indefinitely and without charge or trial. Samir was on the first plane to bring prisoners to Guantánamo Bay, GTMO, on January 11, 2002.
Samir was born in Taiz, Yemen in 1977, to a poor working family. He is 33 years old and the eldest of twelve brothers and sisters. At a young age his family relied upon him to provide for them financially since Samir’s father could no longer work at his factory job due to illness. Samir worked in a plastics factory in Taiz making only $50 dollars a month. At that time, in mid- 2000, a friend, Marwan, convinced him to go to Afghanistan with the lure of more jobs that were better paying.