Former Guantanamo Bay Inmate Showcases 20-year Ordeal In Paintings
Ahmed Rabbani was freed from Guantanamo Bay recently after serving after being detained by Pakistani authorities and ‘sold’ to the CIA in September 2002 for $5000. He insists his case was one of mistaken identity. Fluent in Arabic, he specialised in guiding visitors from the Middle East — a factor which contributed to him being misidentified. While imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, painting became an obsession for him. “Through painting I would feel myself outside Guantanamo. There, painting was everything to me,” he said.