|Title||University of San Diego to Host "Poems From Guantanamo"|
|Contact E-mail||mwagoner, at sandiego.edu|
|Contact Phone||(619) 260-4659|
SAN DIEGO—Tomorrow, the University of San Diego is hosting a rare opportunity to hear the words of detainees from Guantanamo Bay detainment facility, on the southeastern coast of Cuba. The readings, at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, will feature panelists who have spent a considerable amount of their career working with prisoners. William Aceves, associate dean for academic affairs and professor of Law, California Western School of Law will speak, as will Steven Hubachek, a supervisory appellate attorney for the Federal Defenders of San Diego, and Sean Riordan, a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego. Actors from “Write Out Loud” will read poem selections, after which the panelists will offer comments and then take questions from the audience.
The poems, which are in some cases the only form of outreach prisoners have while confined to Guantanamo Bay, talk of the desperation and solitude that face the prisoners every day.
The below poem, written by Jumah al Dossari, is an example of the desperation felt by prisoners after being held for five years, and since 2003, in solitary confinement.
Death Poem by Jumah al Dossari*
Take my blood.