Wed, March 28th. 7:30 pm at St Francis of Assisi, 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd, Derwood MD 20855.
Mass for Shaker Aamer, who is a Saudi Arabian citizen and the last British resident held by the United States in the Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba. He was captured in Jalalabad , Afghanistan, on 24 November 2001 and was brought to Guantánamo on 14 February 2002, where he has now been held for over 10 years. Aamer has never been charged with any wrongdoing and has never received a trial and his lawyer says he is “totally innocent”. He has been cleared for release by the Bush administration in 2007, and the Obama administration in 2009.but Aamer remains in Guantánamo. He has been described as a charismatic leader who spoke up and fought for the rights of fellow prisoners and some have speculated that this might be a reason for his continued detention. Aamer alleges that he has been subject to torture while in detention.
Aamer was born and grew up in Medina in Saudi Arabia . He left the country at the age of 17, living and traveling in America , Europe and the Middle East .He moved to the United Kingdom in 1996 where he met his British wife, Zin. They married in 1997 and have four British children. Aamer has never met his youngest son Faris, who was born after his imprisonment.
For more info, please contact Paul Popernack at ppopernack(at)gmail.com