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A Poem From the Children of Shaker Aamer

Hear our Cry

Help us bring our father home
Brothers, sisters come along

He has never done anything wrong
He is innocent, that is well known

Locked up far away in a no entry zone
He’s been tortured, he’s been torn

Do you know how we live on our own
Struggling, thinking where do we belong

We have missed him for very very long
We can’t see him, we can’t phone

We try to be patient but we can’t go on
All we can do is cry and mourn

When will he return, no signs are shown
We wish after night, comes new dawn

Let us remind you we are not alone
Allah Almighty keeps us strong

By the Children of Shaker Aamer


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Posted by on December 19, 2011 in Collateral Damage


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Waiting in Expectation

Your disappearance isn’t natural
Is that what was written in my fate?
What kind of departure was it?

Your commemoration in my mind
Your approach in my way
Your magnificent thoughts
The way you give the impression of being

The final day when I saw you
The luminosity of your face like the sun
Your glimpse was thus cool
Your way of life became an ancient history

Your traces I look for
Your trails left behind
Longing for the fragrance of you
Searching every inch for your track

Why doesn’t your shadow run off and find me

Your absence is horrendous
Agony is as suffocation
Time doesn’t make its last hour
Circumstances give modest expectations
My days and nights are unchanged things

Why wasn’t I like the air that could give you fresh atmosphere
That could remain in your company anywhere
My heart wishes you what the world doesn’t wish you

I can study your lips, what they are saying
I can read your heart and it’s influencing me
A day to approach for an unusual day
Solitary I encompass the true sensation for you

Don’t be anxious about my life
I am present with you supplementary than within my residence
Your survival my ambition for my existence
Your arrival would signify an important day, which I yearn for

Wish you all the prosperity
Wish you all the paramount
Wish you all the dominion over the supremacy

-A poem on behalf of the wife of Shaker Aamer, written by her brother

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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Campaigns, Collateral Damage


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My Brother Faris has Never seen his Father

(January 2010)

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Dear Gordon Brown,

I hope you are in good health. I am writing to ask you for my father’s release. As you might know, my father has been away for 8 years, he was taken away since I was four years old. It has been most of my life.

My brother Faris has never seen his father and misses him a lot. Sometimes he thinks other people are his father. Once a man came to do our garden, Faris (has) a lot of fun and laughs with him. When he left, Faris asked my Mum, “Is that my Dad?” He has never felt what it’s like to be with a father or to go out with him.  Faris has had no experience at all of what it’s like to have a father just like every child does.

My mother is very patient but sometimes when she misses him too much she gets depressed. My mother is also a psychiatric patient. Whenever she gets depressed we have to go to my grandparents’ house where my grandparents look after her. When she is ill she is in bed day and night and can’t do much. I really hate it when she gets depressed.

At school, when it is time to go home, most of the children have their fathers pick them up which makes me miss him even more. I never really go[t] to do things with my father.

Also there is no reason for my father to be in prison. There have never been any charges made against him and he is innocent. My father has suffered for eight years in prison for no reason. I hope there can be a change now. He has got so many illnesses such as asthma and many physical problems. He is also the only British resident there.

I take that you understand this as a father and a husband. Nobody would like to be separated from their fathers or mothers. It is not nowhere near fun to be without a father we’ve missed so much.

I hope this letter can make a difference and that my father is released as soon as possible.

Thank you.


Johina Aamer
Daughter of Shaker Aamer

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Posted by on December 1, 2011 in Collateral Damage


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Action Alert: Shaker Aamer is Gradually Dying; Your Action is Needed Urgently!

It is vital that the British Government secure the immediate release of Shaker Aamer, the alternative, namely inaction, could mean sentencing Shaker to a slow lingering death.

Shaker Aamer’s life is in danger. Human rights charity Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith saw Shaker last week and was “horrified at what he found”. The view of Clive Stafford Smith Director of Reprieve is that he is gradually dying in Guantánamo. Shaker has made it absolutely clear he is totally innocent of any crime. His incarceration in Guantánamo, the conditions in which he has been held, the abuse and torture he has undergone, have led to his present terrible state of health. It is now known he is suffering from many ailments – arthritis, asthma, prostate problems, pains in his kidneys and neck, shoulder and back pain resulting from beatings – a direct result of his unjust imprisonment.

The Save Shaker Aamer Campaign (SSAC) has repeatedly requested the UK Government make a full medical assessment and regularly monitor Shaker’s health as well as the conditions in which he has been held. This is the very least British Governments should have done over the last 10 years since Shaker’s detention and rendition by the two US Administrations. Such action should be carried out by the British Government immediately. There can be no reason not to do this.

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Campaigns, News Items


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My Life Without My Dad

After school, when I have reached home
“I have a surprise for you”
Says my mom.

I get excited what if my dad has returned?
It would be the best thing that ever happened

“A chocolate cake and some games for fun”.
How can I say:”Thanks mum, but I want none”.

I run to my room with my heart broken
My dad in a cage, locked up in a prison

He was sold to the people with no hearts or emotions,
where is the justice, for my dad is innocent!?

A long, long waiting but no sign of return
Each day is same for my brothers, me and mum
I miss you everyday, you are never forgotten.

I wish to say goodbye to the world of corruption
So we can be together and rejoice in heaven
I hide my tears and smile for this reason.

Johina Aamer, daughter of Shaker Aamer
(Written June 29, 2007 at 9 years of age)

Shaker Aamer
ISN US9SA-000239DP
Camp Delta, U.S. Naval Station
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba 
PO Box 160 
Washington, D.C. 20053

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Collateral Damage


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Fears for the Health of Shaker Aamer, the Last British Resident in Guantánamo

Last week, the plight of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantánamo, briefly surfaced in the media when the Independent ran a story by Paul Cahalan, who, for several years, has covered Shaker Aamer’s story extensively for the Wandsworth Guardian, in Aamer’s home borough in London, where his wife and his four children live.

In Cahalan’s article, “Fears grow over Britain’s last inmate at Guantánamo Bay,” a source close to Shaker Aamer’s case, who did not wish to be identified, told him, “Mr. Aamer is an individual separated from his family for almost 10 years, living in intolerable conditions with no end in sight. He is a very intelligent man who can’t accept his detention as lawful or just.”

More significantly, the source added, “He has suffered brutal treatment, even torture, because of recent events and his condition appears to be declining. He is being held in one of the worst prison camps and has been on hunger strike for a couple of weeks. He is fearful that he is not receiving the medical treatment that he needs.”

Cahalan noted that Aamer’s lawyers in the UK, at Birnberg Peirce and Co., “did not comment on the claims,” but it is clear that they come from someone with knowledge of the conditions in which Shaker Aamer is held.

Cahalan also spoke to Saeed Siddique, Shaker Aamer’s father-in-law, who revealed for the first time that his wife and children “recently used an internet webcam to see their father for the first time in nearly 10 years. Mr Aamer’s youngest son, Faris, who is 10, had never laid eyes on him before.”

He added that seeing his father for the first time had made Faris “very happy” and the family was “looking at ways of highlighting Mr. Aamer’s plight” ahead of his tenth anniversary in US custody, in December. He also said that lawyers were “looking at getting an independent doctor to visit Mr. Aamer in Guantánamo.”

Now 43 years old, Shaker Aamer was seized in Afghanistan in December 2001 after traveling there with his family to run humanitarian aid projects, including running a girls’ school and various well-digging projects. He is reportedly an extremely charismatic individual, who exerted such an influence on his fellow prisoners, encouraging them to stand up for their rights, that the US authorities called him “the Professor,” and decided, erroneously, that he had to have some sort of connection to al-Qaeda. As a result, he was held in solitary confinement for several years, and, according to Aamer himself, was also subjected to beatings and sleep deprivation.

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Posted by on August 29, 2011 in News Items


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