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Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
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Jun 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: war, multicultural-diversity, realistic-fiction, teen-ya, survival, teach-mentor-texts
Read from June 03 to 10, 2012

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Guantanamo Bay is a very secretive part of American present history. It was a place where the American government acted as if they were above the law torturing and detaining suspected terrorists, including children, without a fair trail, much less much evidence. And although it has now been found that complete horrors were happening there, it is still open and housing approximately 169 prisoners (as of 4/12). It is hard to imagine the violations of civil rights that happened at Guantanamo Bay and this novel lays them all out for you.

Anna Perera takes a young boy named Khalid and puts him through what some young Muslim men went through during the War on Terror after September 11th. Khalid is visiting his family in Pakistan when he is attacked and kidnapped by a group of men and then handed over to the American military who pay for any suspected terrorists who are turned over to them. Then through torture, including water boarding, they force him into confessing to terrorist acts which makes him end up in Guantanamo.

This is not an easy story to read. It is a part of our history that most Americans wish wasn't true. This book is tough and puts the reader is a tough situations, but there is a lesson to learn by the history portrayed.

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