Yasser Zahrani: An eerie silence

May 19, 2014
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Ukht Dujanah al-Afriqiy

Yasser Zahrani, a Saudi Arabian citizen was detained in Guantanamo when he was only 17 years old, he died in Guantanamo in 2006 at the age of 21. The official line was that he and two others had committed suicide; newly emerged eyewitness accounts confirm what Yasser’s father had believed from the start, he had been killed by prison officers in Guantanamo. In an interview with Moazzam Begg in 2012 he said “[w]hat made the pain and sorrow worse was the lies put out by the US authorities about the nature of his death – stating that he had committed suicide, something we later [were] able to establish was a complete falsification of the reality”. When Yasser’s body was finally returned to his family in Saudi, evidence of the torture he endured was apparent, including, as his father noted that “his larynx had been removed”.

CAGE is publishing the poem below in memory of this young boy who was murdered by the US government.

Yassir Talal Zahrani -

As silent as can be

The world doesn’t know me

I sense a plan

What is it I’ve yet to understand

An eerie silence follows

As a mighty voice bellows

They drag me out of my cell

What is it they won’t tell

They blindfold me

And shackle me

They drag me through the dark night

Which lacks light

To an unknown dwelling

The enemy’s chest swelling

With an anger

For I pose a danger

I get beaten raw

They open up a door

And shove me in

It smells like a bin

Yet I don’t understand my sin

Nor do my kin

They remove my blindfold

My body goes cold

“This is your last”

And over my throat they cast

Hands that grip

Into my face they spit

Shove something down my throat

So that no one would vote

For those who took my last breath

To throw me into my death

“Kill him” they cry

“Better if they die”

A piercing scream is heard

The one the heroes feared

All is silent…

To ‘Allah’ alone do they turn

He will never burn

In the dark do they call

To the One who knows all

Accept him as a martyr

For there is no one who is smarter

Our blessed friend

We will continue your trend

In Paradise, for you will be the gardens

And to you belong the maidens…

You can read the full interview between Moazzam Begg and Yasser’s father, Talal Zahrani, here.

<div class="field_article_author"><div><b>Written By:</b></div>Ukht Dujanah al-Afriqiy</div><div style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;"><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="565" scrolling="no" src="//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/97452249?et=Dbo5Jfn_Syp_9kKdSl8Maw&amp;sig=FLQe6D51RwqZlnIb-5NcINqmCFrIgI05v086QeMw4SE=" style="display:inline-block;" width="398"></iframe></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Yasser Zahrani, a Saudi Arabian citizen was detained in Guantanamo when he was only 17 years old, he died in Guantanamo in 2006 at the age of 21. The official line was that he and two others had committed suicide; newly emerged eyewitness accounts confirm what Yasser&rsquo;s father had believed from the start, he had been <a href="http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2014/05/16/document-reveals-potential-cia-coverup-further-undercuts-official-story-around-guantanamo-suicides/">killed </a>by prison officers in Guantanamo. In an <a href="http://www.cageprisoners.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=2466&amp;Itemid=999">interview </a>with Moazzam Begg in 2012 he said &ldquo;[w]hat made the pain and sorrow worse was the lies put out by the US authorities about the nature of his death &ndash; stating that he had committed suicide, something we later [were] able to establish was a complete falsification of the reality&rdquo;. When Yasser&rsquo;s body was finally returned to his family in Saudi, evidence of the torture he endured was apparent, including, as his father noted that &ldquo;<a href="http://ccrjustice.org/files/Talal%20Al-Zahrani%20et%20al%20%20v%20%20United%20States_Petition%208-21-12.pdf">his larynx had been removed</a>&rdquo;.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>CAGE is publishing the poem below in memory of this young boy who was murdered by the US government.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Yassir Talal Zahrani -</em></div><div><em>As silent as can be</em></div><div><em>The world doesn&rsquo;t know me</em></div><div><em>I sense a plan</em></div><div><em>What is it I&rsquo;ve yet to understand</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>An eerie silence follows</em></div><div><em>As a mighty voice bellows</em></div><div><em>They drag me out of my cell</em></div><div><em>What is it they won&rsquo;t tell</em></div><div><em>They blindfold me</em></div><div><em>And shackle me</em></div><div><em>They drag me through the dark night</em></div><div><em>Which lacks light</em></div><div><em>To an unknown dwelling</em></div><div><em>The enemy&rsquo;s chest swelling</em></div><div><em>With an anger</em></div><div><em>For I pose a danger</em></div><div><em>I get beaten raw</em></div><div><em>They open up a door</em></div><div><em>And shove me in</em></div><div><em>It smells like a bin</em></div><div><em>Yet I don&rsquo;t understand my sin</em></div><div><em>Nor do my kin</em></div><div><em>They remove my blindfold</em></div><div><em>My body goes cold</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>&ldquo;This is your last&rdquo;</em></div><div><em>And over my throat they cast</em></div><div><em>Hands that grip</em></div><div><em>Into my face they spit</em></div><div><em>Shove something down my throat</em></div><div><em>So that no one would vote</em></div><div><em>For those who took my last breath</em></div><div><em>To throw me into my death</em></div><div><em>&ldquo;Kill him&rdquo; they cry</em></div><div><em>&ldquo;Better if they die&rdquo;</em></div><div><em>A piercing scream is heard</em></div><div><em>The one the heroes feared</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>All is silent&hellip;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>To &lsquo;Allah&rsquo; alone do they turn</em></div><div><em>He will never burn</em></div><div><em>In the dark do they call</em></div><div><em>To the One who knows all</em></div><div><em>Accept him as a martyr</em></div><div><em>For there is no one who is smarter</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Our blessed friend</em></div><div><em>We will continue your trend</em></div><div><em>In Paradise, for you will be the gardens</em></div><div><em>And to you belong the maidens&hellip;</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>You can read the full interview between Moazzam Begg and Yasser&rsquo;s father, Talal Zahrani, <a href="http://www.cageprisoners.com/index.php?option=com_k2&amp;view=item&amp;id=2466&amp;Itemid=999">here</a>.</strong></div>

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