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Saudi Arabia: video call reconnects Guantanamo-detainee with his family after sixteen years with the help of the Saudi Red Crescent

For the first time, and thanks to the Saudi Red Crescent, a detainee at Guantanamo Bay was able to communicate with his family via video-teleconference.

The Saudi Red Crescent (SRC) arranged the video call for one of the detainees at Guantanamo in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The call has helped ease the anguish of the family and the detainee, since they can not only talk but also actually see each other. The family could not describe their joy of seeing their son after more than sixteen years of separation. Talking with a loved one after such a long time can be very intense and even make people speechless for a few moments. The entire family was present during the call, and they expressed their gratitude to the SRC for their efforts in connecting them with their son.

The detainee was moved by the opportunity to talk with his family via video, a moment he had long been waiting for. Before the only available means he had to communicate with his parents and family members was through written Red Cross Messages (RCM). He thanked the SRC for their support and shared his eagerness to talk with his family via video again.

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The call was part of SRC’s efforts to facilitate communication between detainees outside of the Kingdom and their families through RCMs, audio, or video calls. It was conducted under the direct supervision of the General Supervisor of the Restoring Family Links (RFL) Programme, Prince Bandar Bin Faisal Al Saud, and the presence of the Coordinator of the International Affairs and Relief Department at SRCA and an ICRC representative.

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