An excerpt from Guantanamo''s Child:
Omar had been through the drill many times before. The guards
would arrive early in the morning, shackle him, and cover his eyes
and ears for the drive to camp Iguana, where he would wait for his
visitors while chained by the ankle to a hook bolted to the floor.
that morning, he remained there for hours until Edney and Whitling
were led in. the Edmonton lawyers had been fighting for Omar for
four years but had never met him. They could hardly believe they
were standing in front of him.
Omar smiled. His family had written to him about h is Canadian
lawyers and had sent a picture they had taken during one visit, so
Omar know the men before him were Dennis and Nate. But his family
hadn''t prepared him for Edney''s accent. Omar had been exposed to
many languages inside Guantanamo and had even picked up a Saudi
accent, but he had never heard anything quite like Edney''s
Scottish brogue. Omar began laughing as Edney talked, cutting
through the tension.
For two days, Edney and Whitling tried to get to know Omar.
Together they ate the picnic lunch of olives, cheese, bread and
candies that they had brought, Edney tussling with Omar to make
sure he received his fair share of the sweets. Edney talked almost
as much as he listened. He told stories about Omar''s family and
told him about Kareem and Abdullah. "Your sister Zaynab is always
trying to bully me," Edney said and flashed a smile. Edney told
Omar about his sons and showed him pictures. "You''ve got to have
hope, Omar," Edney told him just before he left. "Without hope, we
"I wont'' give up on you," Omar replied, "but you''ll give up on
me. Everyone does."
Omar hugged them and asked Edney if he could keep a photo of
Edney''s son Duncan in his hockey uniform. then he gave whitling a
paper origami bird and asked him to give it to his wife as a
"You will be shocked, saddened and in the end made angry
at the story this page-turner of a book exposes. I read it straight
through, and Omar Khadr''s plight is one you cannot forget."
-Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional Rights, New