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May 22, 2013

Life After Guantanamo

Ahmed Errachidi is a Moroccan chef who was held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five-and-a-half years. Pakistani police had detained him while he was cooking for refugees of the war in Afghanistan. He was turned over the American authorities and never charged with a crime.

While detained, Ahmed Errachidi was sometimes kept awake for 23 hours for interrogations, and – because he was one of the few detainees who spoke English fluently – was given the nickname of “The General.”

In this conversation, he tells host Dick Gordon that he is trying to resume his life: he owns two restaurants in Morocco and is living with his wife and children.

"When I walk in the streets, life doesn’t have the same taste it did for me than it did before 2001," he says. "Life is different."

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