Free Muhammad Rahim: Innocent Afghan with suspected cancer in Guantanamo

Free Muhammad Rahim: Innocent Afghan with suspected cancer in Guantanamo

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Muhammad Rahim was born in the Chaparhar district, in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

His family found refuge in Pakistan when he was just 12. At the age of 16 years old, he joined the mujahideen, like most other Afghans, to fight for their land against the Soviets.

After the Soviet withdrawal,Muhammad returned to his civilian life and worked as a school teacher, and a trader. Notably, he became the financial officer Nangarhar Drug Control and Development Office, a UN agency dedicated to eradicate opium in the province, between 1994 to 1995. He also tended to tribal matters as a respected personality in his district.

In 2007, he was kidnapped in front of wife and children in Lahore, Pakistan. His parting advice to his family was that he was innocent and they should seek a good education.

He was bundled into a jeep, and for 8 months he disappeared into the network of CIA  secret prisons where he was subjected to human experimentation, beaten and starved. According to the US Senate "torture report", the torture of Muhammad Rahim produced no intelligence. 

In 2008, the US announced he had been transferred to Guantanamo bay, and placed him in the secretive "camp 7". 

The US have stated they have no intention to charge him with a crime, yet declared him a "forever prisoner".

While in Guantanamo, he has memorised the entire Quran and over 1000 prophetic traditions.

Now in his mid-50s, a medical examination found several nodules which a specialist has revealed could be indicative of cancer.

After 13 years in prison without charge, he longs to be reunited with his 7 children.

We want Muhammad Rahim to be returned to his family, so he can rebuild his life.

 

 

 

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