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Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Writer in residence

“They must know that Africans and Arabs also have human rights. I want the same rights as people in the Netherlands and the U.S. Human dignity is a fundamental right.”

Mohamedou Ould Slahi is a religious, intelligent young man from Mauritania who studied engineering in Germany. In the early 90s, he trained and fought in Afghanistan against the Soviet occupation with a group that later became part of Al Qaeda. He knew people, including his cousin, from the Bin Laden area. He was then arrested and ended up in Guantanamo Bay. As early as 2005 it was found that there was no evidence that he had committed crimes against the US or its allies. In 2009, he was acquitted after a court decision, but he was still incarcerated for another 7 years.

“At that time, I was a witness to the atrocities in Guantanamo Bay.”

– Ould Slahi in an interview with 1Vandaag

According to Mohamedou, his diaries, and the new film based on them, are not intended to paint anyone specific in a negative light. Above all, he wants to prevent something like this from ever happening again.

With “The Mauritanian”, Kevin MacDonald (53) filmed the memoirs Mohamedou Ould Slahi wrote in Guantanamo Bay. He was imprisoned there for 14 years without any evidence or ever being charged.

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