Who exactly has America detained all these years at Guantanamo? The Worst of the Worst? Or the Wretched of the Earth?
Mahvish Khan is an American lawyer, born to immigrant Afghan parents in Michigan. Outraged that her country was illegally imprisoning people at Guantanamo, she volunteered to translate for the prisoners. She spoke their language, understood their customs, and brought them Starbucks chai, the closest available drink to the kind of tea they would drink at home. And they quickly befriended her, offering fatherly advice as well as a uniquely personal insight into their plight, and that of their families thousands of miles away.
For Mahvish Khan the experience was a validation of her Afghan heritage—as well as her American freedoms, which allowed her to intervene at Guantanamo purely out of her sense that it was the right thing to do. Mahvish Khan's story is a challenging, brave, and essential test of who she is —and who we are.
Mahvish Rukhsana Khan is a recent law school graduate and journalist. She has been published in the The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post and other media. She lives in San Diego.
Pub date: 06/22/09
Price: $13.95/16.50 Canada
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
b/w photos throughout
Carton Quantity: 44
Selling Territory: W
Pub history: 978-1-58648-498-9