Graphic Novel - JUSTICE FOR AAFIA
Courtesy Christopher Towne
This is a graphic novel (comic book style) narrative that summarizes the ordeal of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
Published on the Ubermensch Blog and on Muslim Matters website. Please click on image to read the story...
Re-posted with permission from cageprisoners
The case of Aafia Siddiqui has brought with it a wave of emotion from all corners of the world. The detention of this woman, and allegedly her children, has evoked condemnation from politicians, lawyers and activists all over the world. In an environment where the abuses in the ‘War on Terror’ are becoming increasingly known, the case of Siddiqui stands as an anomaly within the new era of openness under the Obama administration.
From the day of her initial detention, no information regarding Aafia Siddiqui seems consistent, especially in relation to information released by the US administration. Her various alleged persona can give the impression of an extremely high level Al Qaeda operative. However, at the same time, the statements of lawyers, family and friends render her incapable of any acts of terrorism.
The purpose of this piece is to try and separate the facts of Siddiqui’s life from the fiction, and as a result, show that the lies that have been told about her are completely inconsistent with her treatment. Exposing the truth in the case of Aafia Siddiqui is of the utmost importance to all those who believe in the value of due process and the rule of law. For six years, this mother of three has been placed through some of the most unimaginable forms of detention, all due to her religious convictions. It is now time for her to be released without charge and to be reunited with her children and repatriated back to Pakistan.
Dr Aafia siddiqui was detained in secret detention for five years in Bagram and faced horrendous abuses there. She has now been transferred to the US to face trial. This report examines the lies and inconsistencies in the US case against her.
Aafia Siddiqui was once simply the daughter of an educated Muslim family, the little sister, the student, the young wife and mother, the MIT and Brandeis educated and idealistic woman who wanted to help her nation through educational reform.
By 2003 she had become the victim of an abusive and vindictive ex-husband and the victim of craven and greedy generals when she, her six year old son Ahmad, her four year old daughter Maryam, and the infant Suleman were kidnapped by agents of the military government and turned over to representatives of the United States.
In 2008 she had become the "Gray Lady of Bagram" and "Prisoner 650". Witnesses from Bagram Prison told of seeing this haunting symbol of a war on terror gone mad. Her children had disappeared as completely as if they had never existed.
After she "reappeared" in 2008 the new democratic government of Pakistan led by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif named her the Daughter of the Nation. The people of Pakistan embrace her and millions march the streets for her release.
By 2010 the Muslim world embraced Aafia as daughter of the Ummah when she forgave her torturers and the tyrant judge. People around the world adopted her and demonstrated against her unjust incarceration.
She has become a symbol of humanity in the midst of a war based on fear, hatred, discrimination, injustice, torture, rendition, and all that is evil.
To her mother she is ''my daughter", to her brother and sister she is "our sister", and to her children she is "Mommy".
This is Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.
Allegations: Extraordinary Rendition… Torture… Kidnapping & Child Abuse
Fact: Dr. Aafia alleges that she has been held captive for over five years, that she and her children were abducted and separated, two of who are still missing.
Fact: The FBI’s Seeking Information Alert states; "although the FBI has no information indicating this individual is connected to specific terrorist activities, the FBI would like to locate and question this individual."
Fact: The official charges against Dr. Aafia are that she assaulted U.S. soldiers in Ghazni, Afghanistan, with one of the servicemen’s own rifles, while she was in custody to be interrogated by them.
Fact: No U.S. personnel were injured.
Fact: Dr. Aafia was shot and survived surgery in the infamous prison in Bagram, Afghanistan.
Fact: The affidavit filed in the U.S. district court is NOT from an eye witness, but from a third party account of the events in Ghazni.
Fact: No one who was physically present at the incident has filed any sworn statement as to what actually happened in Ghazni.
Fact: Dr. Aafia categorically denies ever handling a rifle or pointing one at anyone.
Fact: To this day, Dr. Aafia has not been charged with terrorism.
Dr. Aafia Siddiqui
Briefly, here are some of the basic circumstances of Dr. Aafia’s case:
This is what the family and many other supporters in the US and in Pakistan believe:
We ask people to look into this case themselves, and to do so with an open mind. There is a lot of information out there on the Internet, and in the media. Many of the stories demonize Aafia, while some raise her to sainthood. Aafia is neither demon nor saint. Aafia is simply an ordinary mother, daughter and sister trapped in an extraordinary nightmare.
Dr. Aafia is a mother, a daughter and a sister. Aafia and her children were abducted while traveling. For years they have been detained on suspicion. She has been separated from what matters the most to any loving mother, her children. To date, the whereabouts of her two younger children are unknown.
We are Dr. Aafia's family:
We have been kept in the dark about Aafia and her children. We have not known until recently if our grandson/nephew was alive and we still await news of our grandchildren/niece and nephew's condition or whereabouts.
Today, as her case makes international news, our stance is simple. Unexplained detention, suffering and isolation have too long been this family's burden. Justice, humane treatment and due process are luxuries long denied to Aafia and her young children, replaced with abuse and imprisonment without formal charges. So today, we ask for all that is left, to pick up the pieces:
PETITION: Reunite Dr. Aafia with her children & her family!
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