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This is a web site dedicated to Sami Al-Hajj, prisoner 345 at the United States Detainment Centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (read more), arrested in Pakistan in December 2001, accused of terrorism.

Who is Sami Haj?

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Sami Al-Haj is an Al Jazeera journalist, originally from the Sudan, who has been detained by the U.S. at Guantanamo for over five years without trial. He was seized whilst working as a cameraman on assignment reporting on the war in Afghanistan.

Born in Khartoum on February 15, 1969, Sami has a wife and a 6 year old son Mohammed, who was only one when Sami left on assignment. Sami’s wife only found out where he was from the Red Cross 18 months after he had been seized, and had feared him dead.

The U.S. military flew him to Bagram Airforce Base on January 7, 2002. He reports that these were the longest days of his life. He was kept in a freezing hangar with other prisoners, in a cage, with an oil drum to use as a toilet. He was given one freezing cold meal a day. He was not allowed to talk, and he severely abused.



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On January 7, 2007, the fifth anniversary of his transfer by the Pakistanis to U.S. custody, Sami began a hunger strike. His patience was exhausted. All he asked for was either to be given a fair trial, or to be released to rejoin his family – a claim that has been supported by every major world leader outside the White House. On the twenty-first day of this peaceful, non-violent protest, the U.S. military began to force feed him. read more...

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