Shaker Aamer: Letter from Guantanamo, his words to family and friends


Bring him home

Shaker Aamer has been held in Guantánamo Bay since 2002. He is a legal permanent resident of the UK, married to a British national, with four British children living in London.

Shaker has long been cleared for release by the United States. He has never been charged by the United States with a crime and has never received a trial. However, he has been repeatedly abused and subjected to extended isolation in Guantánamo Bay.

(Reprieve, Human Rights Organization)

The following is a letter sent from Shaker to family and friends via his lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith (Reprieve)

Dear Clive: Please

Tell my family I have been trying to phone them for a long time but they refuse to grant me a phone call.

I sent my wife two postcards: One for her, one for her mother.

Say salaams to everyone who asks about me and the same to people who do not ask about me.

Let my family know I am strong because they are strong.

My special thanks and gratitude to Jane Ellison, Joy Hurcombe, Mr Sadiq Khan MP, and Cortney and Cori – all of whom stand up for rights and justice. Please make sure you send a message and tweet to all of them, I am very very thankful. I am overwhelmed by their love, care, prayers and help. I know for a fact my debt to them is more than I can ever pay back. No matter what I do I pray for their guidance and happiness in this life and the hereafter.

Also thank-you Clive for everything you have done and are doing still for bringing justice. Also my thanks go to David Remes for everything he has done and a special thanks to brother lawyer Ramzi Kassem and his team for the good words they have been sending me, even though I have not replied.

Sorry that I did not mention everyone by name and that I cannot mention them in person. However, even if I do not know all of my supporters it is not really important because God knows all of you and He will not forget your good deeds.

Your brother and friend, if you chose

Shaker Aamer  🙂



Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad.  She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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