By Rob Freer, Amnesty International Researcher on the USA
You are 19-years-old, asleep in your family home in a remote rural village. In the middle of the night, foreign soldiers burst in.
They put a hood over your head and force you to sit against a wall. You are terrified.
After a few hours, bound hand and foot and still hooded, you are taken to a military base.
There you are physically assaulted, interrogated, threatened with a knife and deprived of sleep and food. You fear you will be killed.
After what you think is about 48 hours – your disorientation makes it difficult to know for sure – you are bundled, still hooded and shackled, into a helicopter and flown to another, larger military facility. There the interrogations and abuse continue.
Three months later, you are taken from your cell, your head is shaved, you are put into shackles and blacked-out goggles, and you and some others are thrown into a transport plane and tied down like cargo.