Abd al Malik, 41, a Yemeni, was sent to settle in a peaceful nation, Montenegro. After his release in 2016, he received a government grant for some time, but it had expired. He tried to raise funds by selling works of art He made in Guantánamo but made his last sale last year. The ambition to work there as a driver and guide never materialized when the tourism-dependent economy recovered. And now he, his wife and 20-year-old daughter are isolated and mostly at home because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“I don’t know what to do, especially now with Corona,” he said recently. “No work. Nothing.”
Four of the first 20 men, all released by the Bush administration, could not be found.
Gholam Ruhani, 46, and the brother-in-law of one of the Taliban’s negotiators were returned to Afghanistan in 2007. This was the last time his lawyer ever heard from him.
Feroz Abassi was sent to Great Britain in 2005, Omar Rajab Amin to Kuwait in 2006 and David Hicks to Australia in 2007. Everyone is purposely out of sight.
Mr Hicks, 45, an Australian drifter and convert to Islam, was captured in Afghanistan in 2001. The only one of the original 20 indicted beyond Mr Bahlul, he went home after pleading guilty of materially supporting terrorism as a Taliban foot soldier a belief that has been overturned.
Ben Saul, Professor of Law in Sydney, Australia, who helped Mr. Hicks in 2016 on a human rights caseThe last person he heard said Mr. Hicks was “a landscaper and had ongoing physical and mental health problems from his treatment by the United States before and at Gitmo.”