Life After Guantanamo

Life After Guantanamo

From Erin Thompson

Help the former Guantanamo detainee Mansoor Adayfi complete his follow-up memoir about the struggles in his life and that of many other former Guantanamo prisoners.

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Mansoor was just 19 when he arrived at Guantanamo Bay. He spent over 14 years there without ever even being charged with a crime.

When Mansoor was finally released in 2016, he began to turn his sufferings into art. He has published a Modern Love column on learning about marriage at Guantanamo, a New York Times opinion piece about the meaning of the sea to detainees, and a memoir, Don't Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantanamo will be published by Hachette Books ( 

Despite his successes, Mansoor's future is uncertain. He was not allowed to return to his home and family in Yemen. Instead, Serbia agreed to house him. But he has faced harassment and discrimination, and his ability to work, study, or even live in Serbia in peace is constantly threatened.

Mansoor needs funds to write and to live. He is working on a new book about the struggles in his life and that of many other former Guantanamo prisoners, to be called Life After Guantanamo. He says they have been living the story for years - now it's time to turn it into a book.

My name is Erin Thompson. I met Mansoor through his pro bono attorney, who fought for his release from Guantanamo and is continuing to help him navigate life after Guantanamo. Mansoor and I have worked together on the exhibit of art made at Guantanamo that I curated (

Because Fundly campaigns cannot be linked to Serbian bank accounts, I have created a dedicated US bank account for this fundraiser. I transfers all accumulated funds to Mansoor.

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