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September 14, 2010


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The "Playhouse"

Seeking Justice For Gitmo


When Omar Deghayes was arrested in Pakistan a few months after 9/11, he had no idea he was beginning a nearly six-year imprisonment, most of it in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As an educated English-speaking lawyer, Omar thought he just needed to explain that he was not a terrorist. Instead he experienced beatings, psychological and sexual abuse, threats of execution and was blinded in one eye. Like hundreds of others, Omar was ultimately released from the notorious detention camp. He was never charged with, or convicted of, anything. Omar is now part of a lawsuit being brought against the government in the U.K., for its complicity with the detentions in Guantanamo.


This is the first in a series of stories about how young couples in the U.S. are finding housing. Mia Marcum and Kyle Nickel are two recently divorced thirty-somethings. When their marriages ended, they both moved back to their hometown, Connersville, Indiana and in with their parents. Divorce is messy and expensive, and neither could afford car payments, student loans and rent. Connersville is not immune to the economic woes. The town was once known as “Little Detroit," but those days are over. However: recently the couple got their own place, sort of. They’re living in a 600 square foot converted barn behind Kyle’s parents’ house – no bathroom, no kitchen. They’d like to buy a house but were just denied a loan. So while they finish school, save money and get their credit score back on track, they’ll stay put in what they call The Playhouse.

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