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"Freedom" in Kazakhstan (Excerpt from 'Life After Guantanamo')

In this excerpt, VICE News meets a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was resettled in a remote area of Kazakhstan.

by VICE News
Oct 23 2015, 4:20pm

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What happens after detainees are released from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility? The answer to that question has, for the most part, been shrouded in secrecy.

When five former Guantanamo detainees were resettled to Kazakhstan in late December 2014, a senior official in the Obama administration was quoted as saying the ex-captives were now "free men". But what does that actually mean? VICE News traveled to Kazakhstan to find out.

Abdul Mohammed Rahman, also known as Lotfi Bin Ali, was captured in 2003 and recommended for release or transfer out of Guantanamo as early as 2004. Joint Task Force-Guantanamo determined that he posed a "low risk" due to his medical condition, noting his severe heart condition and chronic breathing and sleeping problems. Twelve years later, he was resettled to Kazakhstan.

In this excerpt, we meet another former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was also resettled in Kazakhstan. Like Lotfi, Sabri al Qarashi was resettled in remote Semey and has also had problems accessing health care.

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Read: After Being Imprisoned at Guantanamo, Two Men Find Themselves Trapped in Kazakhstan

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