Have you ever doubted the power of a letter?
If so, read this note Amnesty received from Sami al Hajj, who was held at Guantanamo without charge for years and finally transferred home to Sudan in 2008:
“I received more than 20,000 letters from members and supporters of Amnesty International during my last two years at Guantánamo Bay…These letters really encouraged me during my very difficult time. They made me feel as though I was not alone and not to give up…Also, I felt and could notice that from all these letters, the Administration of Guantánamo Bay changed and improved towards me, as they knew I was not alone and I had people who cared about me. The guards said to me that they could see I was someone who mattered and must be important because of all the letters – this made them respect me more.”
Turn to Guantanamo today – we’re entering month five of the hunger strike and over 11 years of indefinite detention. It is well past time for each detainee to either be charged and fairly tried in federal court, or released.
Messages of hope are more important than ever. That’s why Amnesty is asking you to write a letter and help make a difference in defending the human rights of all people, including the Guantanamo detainees.
Younous Chekkouri, for example, who is on hunger strike, would love to receive a card with a picture of flowers, especially roses, as he enjoys drawing them.
It’s quick, easy, effective and means so much. Please let us know how many letters or cards you sent so that we can keep a tally and follow up on your positive contributions.