This weekend I am praying for the 155 detainees still unjustly imprisoned at Guantanamo. I am grateful for the witness of the many who are praying, fasting and protesting on their behalf this weekend. May the peace of Christ help us honor the dignity of all, Amen!
I want to share with you this reflection from Day 1 of the “Fast for Justice” to close Guantanamo which I am participating in.
Nine years ago I went to Guantanamo with 24 other peacemakers to try and visit the men being held at that time and to call for an end to torture and indefinite detention and for the closing of the prison camp. We were not permitted to visit the prisoners and held a four day fast and vigil near the prison camp. The Witness Against Torture community was formed out of this experience and has, for the last nine years, initiated a campaign to continue working on behalf of the men who continue to languish at Guantanamo. Since 2005 nine men have died in U.S. custody at Guantanamo and there has never been an independent investigation into their deaths. Also many of the remaining 155 detainees have…
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