Hamdan: Letter to Mohammed Ali Kassem
Type: Outgoing [M]ail
Format: Outgoing Army [M]ail
Item number: T005194
ISN Number: JJJADI
Date on mail (if any): 30/10/2002
Sender's Name: HAMED SALIM
Addressee: MOHAMMED ALI KASSEM
Address: TUNIS STREET, IN FRONT OF YOURMOUK STATION, BEHIND SALEH AL-DIYAN BLG, SANAA'
Language Used: Arabic
Date translated: 14 / 11 / 2002
Text: [G]reetings. [I']m sending you this letter days before Ramadan because the Americans are treating us so bad from food to clothing. [I] only received three letters from you because they take them and they don't give us anything. [T]hey beat us up and torture us. [D]on't believe the news on television, they are lying. [M]om, please tell everybody in the family to pray for us here, we need prayers so badly. [I] don't think [I]'ll be able to write to you anymore because [of] the bad treatment we get here. [T]hey play their music and torture u[s], th[e]y make fun of the Qur'an and the Islamic religion. [I] have problems with them everyday because [of] these kind of things. [T]hat's how it is in jail here. [I] try to tell them during interrogat[i]ons but they did not listen, so now no one talk[s] to them anymore. [W]e don't even get our human rights anymore. [I]'m telling you the truth, and eve[r]ybody here send[s] their family letters like this one. [P]eace.
Interpreters Comments: [O]n the main envelope there is [a] couple notes sending regards to his family.
Has all handwritten information been translated? Yes
[Handwritten Annotation: HOLD | FALSE STATEMENT | MISTREATMENT]
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