Live via Zoom:
Thursday, September 9, 6:00 PM ET
Mansoor Adayfi and Antonio Aiello present Don’t Forget Us Here: Lost and Found at Guantanamo
In conversation with Ron Chernow
While at Guantánamo, writer, advocate, and former detainee Mansoor Adayfi wrote a series of manuscripts he sent as letters to his attorneys, which he then transformed into this vital chronicle, in collaboration with award-winning writer Antonio Aiello. Don't Forget Us Here tells two coming-of-age stories in parallel: a makeshift island outpost becoming the world's most notorious prison and an innocent young man emerging from its darkness. With unexpected warmth and empathy, Adayfi unwinds a narrative of fighting for hope and survival in unimaginable circumstances, illuminating the limitlessness of the human spirit. And through his own story, he also tells Guantánamo's story, offering an unprecedented window into one of the most secretive places on earth and the people—detainees and guards alike—who lived there with him. Twenty years after 9/11, Guantánamo remains open, and at a moment of due reckoning, Adayfi helps us understand what actually happened there—a stunning record of an experience we cannot afford to forget. Adayfi and Aiello are joined in conversation by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow.
This moving, eye-opening memoir of an innocent man detained at Guant namo Bay for fifteen years tells a story of humanity in the unlikeliest of places and an unprecedented look at life at Guantánamo.