May 16, 2013
As the Guantanamo hunger strike enters its 100th day, the number of voices, both in the US and around the world, to close the facility are growing stronger and louder.
Lawyers acting for prisoners in Guantanamo say the real figures may be higher, but officially of the 166 inmates in Guantanamo, 100 are currently on hunger strike. Of these, 30 are being force-fed through a nasal tube and three are in hospital.
The 166 prisoners have been there eleven and a half years and 90 per cent of them haven’t been charged with a crime.
The hunger strike began in February after an altercation between prisoners and guards, after guards allegedly interfered with the inmates personal belongings including the mishandling of Koran’s.