My Guantánamo diary : the detainees and the stories they told me / Mahvish Rukhsana Khan

Author(s): Khan, Mahvish Rukhsana
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Subjects: War on Terrorism, 2001-2009
Afghan War, 2001---Prisoners and prisons, American
Prisoners of war--Cuba--Guantánamo Bay Naval Base
Prisoners of war--United States
Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
Khan, Mahvish Rukhsana--Diaries
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York : Public Affairs, c2008
LC Classification: H, HV
Physical Description: xv, 302 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2008274233
ISBN: 9781586484989
ISBN: 1586484982
Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-302)
Contents: Secret clearance -- The pediatrician -- Getting there -- The old man -- Big bounties -- The goatherd -- The lawyers -- The businessman -- Afghanistan -- Kabul -- Dead detainees -- Habeas hurdles -- Sami Al-Haj -- The drama -- Jumah Al-Dossary -- What the Pentagon said -- The police chief -- The poets -- Serial numbers
Summary: Mahvish Khan is an American lawyer, born in Michigan to immigrant Afghan parents. Outraged that her country was illegally imprisoning people at Guantánamo, she volunteered to translate for the prisoners. She spoke their language, understood their customs, and brought them Starbucks chai, the closest available drink to the kind of tea they would drink at home. And they quickly befriended her, offering fatherly advice as well as a uniquely personal insight into their plight, and that of their families thousands of miles away. For Khan, the experience was a validation of her Afghan heritage--as well as her American freedoms, which allowed her to intervene at Guantánamo purely out of her sense that it was the right thing to do. Mahvish Khan's story is a challenging, brave test of who she is--and who we are.--From publisher description
OCLC Number: 176893937
ISBN/ISSN: 9781586484989