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US Decision To Feed Guantanamo Inmates Verging on Kafkaesque Scenario

file9611250646389Just a week after the United States’ authorities obliged to observe daylight feeding protocols during the Muslim Holy Month that began this Monday, but with no concession to halt force-feeding of inmates that Islam clerics had demanded, clerics are now calling the decision as Kafkaesque,  probably in reference to the short story, ‘The Hunger Artist.’

According to Ibrahim Hooper, speaking for a rights organization, the tube-feeding issue has spiraled from being merely spiritual but one of the human condition and it may be negating doctoral and global approaches in similar situations.

As Ramadan begins, a quadruple of the 106 inmates currently on hunger strike over  long-term incarceration, devoid of court appearance, have already prepared their briefs to protest against intake of food against their wishes during this time of the religious calendar.

The names of the plaintiffs against the US ultimatum include that of Aamer, Belbacha, Hadjarab and Dhiab, all of whom presented their interjections last Sunday in citation of one of the preconditions of their religious festival not to dine, beginning the small hours of the morning until sundown. In defense to the refusal, however, the US defense spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale acknowledged that his department has always given preference to different hours of feeding during the Holy Month as opposed to the rest of the year.

The decision by the United States to continue its program on its Cuba-based establishment is an offshoot of the fact that the detainees require nutritional and clinical assistance and because of it occurring before daylight, it does not go against Ramadan.

Mock Tube-feeding

Meanwhile, a lobby organization has showed a video clip to a UK newspaper starring the silver screen star and rapper, Yasiin Bey, who volunteered to undergo the tube insertion procedure that the prisoners embrace during feeding hours. The clip shows that after the removal of the tube, he found it difficult to have a new one inserted for another feeding session.

Medically speaking, the method involves forcible submission of the prisoner where doctors tie down the patient, before covering his mouth against the urge to spit. Subsequently, the personnel put in a tube that goes down the suspect’s nose into the belly.

Though the procedure consumes about twenty or thirty minutes, there are cases where the patient has to undergo further endurance until an ultra medical check up reveals that indeed the ingredients have seeped their way into the gut.

Anti-feeding lobbyists are decrying the possibility of the detainee refusing to take in water after the procedure, which might be a threat to their health.

International outcry against the process has also seen leaders across the religions divide join in with the others, including Catholic clerics, and ICRC, all of whom demand a new approach. They are advising on consorting to novel methods, different from those the government is already adopting to help nip the bud of protest before it bites further.



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