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Title: Afghanistan: Ex-Bagram inmates recount stories of abuse, torture
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Published: Sep 23, 2021
Author: Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska
Post Date: 2021-09-23 08:21:12 by Ada
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Bagram, Afghanistan – Hajimumin Hamza walks through a long, dark corridor and carefully inspects the area as if he has never seen it before. Today, the 36-year old bearded man in a black turban and a traditional two-piece garment is a guide to fellow Taliban fighters in the place whose name he would rather forget. His eyes stop at a solitary chair standing on the pathway.

“They used to tie us to this chair, our hands and feet, and then applied electric shocks. Sometimes they used it for beatings, too,” Hamza says, recounting the torture he underwent during his captivity in Bagram prison between 2017 and the onset of the fall of Kabul last month, when he managed to escape. Keep reading Taliban sacks Afghan Cricket Board CEO Hamid Shinwari US officials fear al-Qaeda threat after fall of Kabul to Taliban UNGA: Qatar’s emir urges world to engage with the Taliban

The United States set up the Parwan Detention Facility, known as Bagram, or Afghanistan’s Guantanamo, in late 2001 to house armed fighters after the Taliban launched a rebellion following its removal from power in a military invasion.

The facility located within the Bagram airbase in the Parwan province was meant to be temporary. But it turned out otherwise. It housed more than 5,000 prisoners until its doors were forced open, days before the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan on August 15.

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