Guantanamo’s Child walks free today after 12 years and 9 months of prison. Omar Khadr was only 15 when he was captured by American forces in Afghanistan and taken to Bagram and later shifted to Guantanamo where he remained incarcerated for 8 years and was subjected to torture to extract a confession. He smiles as he leaves the Edmonton courthouse today, saying “Freedom is way better than I thought”. Years of U.S. coercion, torture and imprisonment haven’t managed to daunt his spirit, as he beams radiantly leaving the courthouse as a free man.
Omar was taken into the prison as a child of 15 and he is leaving as a free man now when he is 28. He is one of the many juveniles held at Guantanamo Bay who have been accused of “terrorism” by the United States.