Sunday 17 December 2017

Mos Def in 'force-feeding' video for human rights group

Actor and rapper Mos Def has agreed to be force fed on camera, as part of a campaign to help Guantanamo Bay hunger-strikers.

This shocking film released by human rights charity Reprieve highlights the anguish prisoners go through in a procedure that happens twice a day and take two hours.

Mos Def, known as Yasiin Bey, was chained to a feeding chair while doctors inserted more than a meter of rubber tubing up his nose, down his throat and into his stomach.

"Please, please, please don't", Mos Def is heard saying.

In the end he was  unable to go through the whole procedure and can be heard pleading to stop.

"No, stop. Please stop, I can't do this" he cried.

After the procedure was finished, Mos Def said: "I really want to thank you guys for setting this up, and even having the idea to do it. I really didn't know what to expect."

He continued, "The first part is not that bad, but then you get this burning - I had this burning, then it starts to get unbearable. Like something was going into my brain. Then it reached the back of my throat and I really couldn't take it.”

The film was made as the US comes under pressure to stop force feeding Muslim detainees, during the holy month of Ramadan.

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