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Mansoor Adayfi - a Book to Change History

Sat 6 Jan 2024 6:30pm
The Renfield Centre
260 Bath Street
G2 4JP

On Mansoor Adayfi's first visit to Scotland join Moazzam Begg for an in-depth conversation about the book "Don't Forget Us Here", recounting 15 years in  Guantánamo Bay and life after.

The event comes shortly after the 22nd anniversary of Guantánamo's opening on 11 January 2002. SACC and CAGE have campaigned throughout our organisations' existence for Guantánamo to be closed.

Signed copies of the book will be available on the night.

Registration online or at the door (subject to availability).

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Doors open 18.00 for 18.30

If you have problems with online registration, please contact SACC.

Mansoor Adayfi grew up in a rural village in Yemen. At the age of 19, he was taken to Guantánamo in a case of mistaken identity. He remained imprisoned there for 15 years. In 2016, Mansoor was released, but his plight did not end. He was transferred to Serbia, a country he had no connection with. Despite his daily struggles in Belgrade, Mansoor writes, creates artwork, and advocates for prisoners rights. He has recently published his memoir “Don’t forget us here” (Hachette). His work has been featured by the New York Times, BBC radio, CBC radio, WNYC, and the John Jay College of Justice. He is Guantánamo Coordinator for Cage International.

Moazzam Begg is a British-born Muslim and former Guantanamo Bay prisoner. After his release, he became one of the most prominent public-speakers and Muslim advocates for justice and dialogue. He is the author of the best-seller Enemy Combatant in which he recounts his experience as an innocent man detained and torture at Guantanamo, Bagram and Kandahar. The Muslim 500 listed him as one of the 500 “most influential Muslims” in the world. The New Statesman listed him in the top 50 “Heroes of our time”. He has travelled extensively to investigate state abuses and western complicity in torture including to Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Syria. A direct eye-witness to the conflicts in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Syria, his life has been recorded by the Columbia University Oral History project, and the BBC Storyville documentary The Confession. He is Outreach Director at Cage International and has spoken at SACC events in Scotland on several previous occasions.

Event organised by CAGE International and SACC.