Now, more than half of GITMO detainees are on hunger strikeSubmitted by go213mph on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 09:12
Amongst those refusing food is Shaker Aamer, who has spent 11 years at Guantánamo. He remains behind bars despite being cleared for release six years ago.
He told the Observer – the Guardian's sister paper – on Sunday that he had lost a quarter of his body weight since going on hunger strike more than 60 days ago.
"I barely notice all of my medical ailments any more – the back pain from the beatings I have taken, the rheumatism from the frigid air conditioning, the asthma exacerbated by the toxic sprays they use to abuse us. There is an endless list. And now 24/7, as the Americans say, I have the ache of hunger," Aamer said.
He added: "I hope I do not die in this awful place. I want to hug my children and watch them as they grow. But if it is God's will that I should die here, I want to die with dignity. I hope, if the worst comes to the worst, that my children will understand that I cared for the rights of those suffering around me almost as much as I care for them."