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.