Thursday, January 11, 2007

A Grim Anniversary

Five years ago today, Guantánamo opened its infamous prison camps.

Candace Gorman has two new articles observing this sad marker. In Guantanamo Five Years Later: The Graveyard of Human Rights (apearing in Huffington Post), Candace offers an overview of the camps' history, from the brutality detainees endured during their capture and transport to the opening of Camp Delta.

FIVE YEARS LATER... But Who's Counting?, written for, Candace has a more personal reflection on her client, Mr. Al-Ghizzawi and his ongoing unjust detention.
When Mr. Al-Ghizzawi was explaining to me his early years at Guantanamo, he told me about a flower that had appeared outside his cage in the spring of 2002. Just one little flower poking its beautiful leaves and petals out of the sand. He was describing the flower to me, but I couldn’t quite figure out what kind of flower it was. He called it a primrose and maybe it was. He said to me “I am like that little flower. It didn’t belong there…. I don’t belong here either.”


Anonymous said...

Love reading your blog. Very informative - especially loved reading the Sabin Willet piece.

Our law school has organized a Symposium on Guantanamo Bay. The symposium will take place on March 23, 2007 in NYC, and will also commemorate CCR's 40th year anniversary. The program and call for papers can be found at

Is it possible if you can link the Symposium website to your blog - there may be many readers who might be interested in attending.

H. Candace Gorman said...

Thanks for the heads up, Muhammad!