Monday, August 3, 2009

My Guantanamo Diary by: Mahvish Khan

My Guantanamo Diary by: Mahvish Khan was one of the best memoirs I’ve read so far this year. It was real, heartfelt, and very well written. After reading, I really couldn’t believe what my government, the government that preaches about justice and freedom, could do the things they do to these people!

For those who don’t know, the book is about a young woman who is studying to be a lawyer who walked into Guantanamo of her own free will to try and help some of the people inside that she presumed to be innocent. She knew that some were guilty, but believes in the right to a fair trial, which she tries her hardest to help these people get. She works as a translator for the government, and throughout the stories, she learns how some of the prisoners wound up at Guantanamo and what their lives were like beforehand. At the end of the novel, she wraps it up by giving recent updates of the prisoners.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It’s worth buying and re-reading, solely because it reveals to us that our government can lie to us, and that we’re not the perfect country. And along the way, some of the stories will just break your heart.


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