July 8, 2013 13:06
Mos Def undergoes force feeding in protest at Guantanamo Bay procedure
The rapper makes a harrowing video to raise awareness of the practice used against hunger striking detainees
Human Rights charity Reprieve recruited Mos Def – now knows as Yasiin Bey – to undergo force-feeding through a tube using the same method prisoners in the US camp in Cuba are subjected to, according to leaked documents. The four-and-a-half minute video, directed by BAFTA award-winner Asif Kapadia, sees the rapper voluntarily subject himself to enteral feeding, which sees medical staff insert a tube through Bey’s nose directly into his stomach. Watch it below (via The Guardian).
Some 100 prisoners in Guantanamo have been hunger-striking since February this year. They are protesting against their ongoing detention, despite many having not been charged or tried. Many have even been cleared for release by the US Government, Reprieve says.
Bey retired his stage name Mos Def in 2011. The rapper and actor, whose real name is Dante Smith, performed under the name Mos Def from the start of his music career in 1994 and opted to be credited by that name when he has starred in major films such as Be Kind Rewind, The Woodsman and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Yasiin means "rich" in Arabic.
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