Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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Cage dinners

Returning to Britain was the start of a difficult new journey for the detainees held without charge at Guantänamo. They meet every six months at a London restaurant to swap anecdotes and shake off memories of imprisonment.

Among them is Tarek Dergoul, a 31-year-old from Tower Hamlets. He was released from Cuba in 2004 after almost three years of imprisonment, during which time he alleges he was beaten and tortured. Beneath the jollity of every reunion, Dergoul says there is a starker reality. Meeting up with his fellow detainees is the only time he gets to truly relax. 'It's still hard for me to communicate with people who weren't there. I feel paranoid, like people are out to get me. I feel more comfortable with the guys that were there with me -I feel at ease and I'm OK. If I'm with other people I start to feel they don't understand me. …

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