Guantánamo Kid

The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani



ISBN: 9781910593660 Category:

Alexandre Franc, Jerome Tubiana


Saudi Arabia offers few prospects for the bright young Mohammed El Gharani. With roots in Chad, Mohammed is treated like a second-class citizen. His access to healthcare and education are restricted; nor can he make the most of his entrepreneurial spirit. At the age of 14, having scraped together some money as a street trader, Mohammed seizes an opportunity to study in Pakistan. It is a brave decision, and one he hopes will lead to a brighter future.

One Friday in Karachi, Mohammed is detained during a raid on his local mosque. After being beaten and interrogated, he is sold to the American government. The Pakistani forces sell him as a member of Al-Qaida with links to Osama Bin Laden, but Mohammed has heard of neither. Under the custody of the U.S. Army, he is flown first to Kandahar and then to Guantánamo Bay. So begins his rapid descent into a living hell, where interrogation, torture and racial abuse are the norm.

In this eye-opening, compelling and deeply moving graphic biography, Jérôme Tubiana and Alexandre Franc tell the heart-wrenching story of one of Guantánamo Bay’s youngest detainees. Guantánamo Kid is a moving study of injustice and political failure, and an important document for our times.

Additional information

Weight 472 g
Dimensions 17.9 x 27.1 cm
Publisher name Self Made Hero
Publication date 1 May 2019
Number of pages 168
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Text by Jerome Tubiana
Dimensions 17.9 x 27.1 cm
Weight 472 g
Jérôme Tubiana is a journalist and independent researcher. He has contributed to National Geographic, Foreign Affairs, The London Review of Books, Foreign Policy and many other publications. An expert on conflicts and armed groups in the Sahara, the Horn of Africa and Latin America, he has worked for various NGOs, think tanks and humanitarian organizations, including the International Crisis Group, Action Against Hunger and the United States Institute of Peace. He lives in Paris. Alexandre Franc is a comic book artist and writer. He is the creator of over a dozen graphic novels, including Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie. He is also an illustrator for youth periodicals, educational books and the communications industry. He lives in Paris.