In a new report by Human Rights Watch, Huzaifa Parhat, an Uighur determined eligible for release more than four years ago, details his life at Guantanamo:
Wake at 4:30 or 5:00. Pray. Go back to sleep. Walk in circles—north, south, east, west—around his 6-by-12 foot cell for an hour. Go back to sleep for another two or more hours. Wake up and read the Koran or look at a magazine (written in a language that he does not understand). Pray. Walk in circles once more. Eat lunch. Pray. Walk in circles. Pray. Walk in circles or look at a magazine (again, in a foreign language). Go back to sleep at 10:00 p.m.
The next day is the same except that the detainee may leave his cell for two hours of recreation in a slightly larger pen or for a shower.
And here’s what Walid, a 28-year-old Palestinian, an inmate for 6 years, thinks:
I love cowboys. I love Indians. I feel like they’re my family…. I knew an Indian woman in Gaza—she talked a witch language. I won’t tell you her name because she might send me a witch curse… Tarzan is a lovely person—very polite—he’s my friend, though he doesn’t [know] it. I don’t watch for entertainment but for another reason—a secret—I won’t tell you… I live in heaven, heaven is in my chest. I love Jesus, I want to see him, and all the mermaids around them.