Detainee, the word itself, it must be noted, is one of the great Orwellian inventions of the past decade. A word that would have had great meaning to Solzhenitsyn, meant to describe a prisoner for whom, for a variety of good and terrible reasons, a suitable judicial system cannot be found. A “prisoner” knows his fate. A “detainee” just lingers.
I encourage you to read the article about the life a particular individual before, from his humble birth, and through the inhumane system at Guantanamo. You’d think something like this happened only in the Soviet labour camps in the 60s, but it’s still a harsh reality today.
The author really captivated me with his style of writing – cold, detached, concise and absolutely minimalist. It brings out the sense of isolation and hopelessness the individual went through. It’s a touching read.