Today, more than fifteen years after the prison camp was first opened, 41 detainees still remain. Many have been cleared for release. Others considered “indefinite” or “forever” prisoners may die in Guantanamo, without having ever been charged with a crime. Four men have been convicted. Seven are still awaiting trial in a military tribunal.
Of course, all the prisoners lost precious and unrecoverable years of their lives. There is no firm data on the ages of the men, but it is believed some were as young as 14 and others were in their 80s. For most of them, these were the years when they would get married and begin families. These experiences can never be regained.
Those who were married with families when captured returned home to meet children whose births they had missed and children who had grown up and did not recognize their fathers.
Many of the detainees were not transferred back home. Instead, they were transferred to countries far from their homelands. In their new host countries, the men have struggled to acclimate to new cultures, learn new languages, find jobs, and secure adequate housing. Most were given the equivalent of $15 per day for food, and substandard housing for two years. After that, they were on their own. For many of the men, thousands of miles still separate them from their loved ones.