- ISN 552
- DOB: June 3, 1975
- Nationality: Kuwaiti
- Residence: Kuwait
- Marital Status: Single
- Date of Arrest: 04/01/2002
- Location of Arrest: Tora Bora, Afghanistan
Fayiz is a 27 year old student who went to render aid in Afghanistan for his 2001 summer vacation. Al Kandari’s charitable efforts were influenced by his mother’s serious disease. His family paid for his travel.
His grandmother had just passed away and his mother was suffering from cancer, and he thought that helping others might honor his grandmother’s memory and bring his mother good health. In Kandahar, he helped dig a water well and constructed a mosque. He had worked with the Salwa Charitable Committee in the past. He had traveled to Bosnia, for charitable work, in 1994, and he had previously traveled to Afghanistan, for charitable work, in 1997.
|He wrote in a Red Cross letter, “If the construction of a mosque where prayer can be performed to God or the digging of a well for the thirsty people to drink water or the supply of hungry people with food are the sins that make me a detainee, then I willingly accept my detention.”|
On his way to Kabul the U.S. air raids began and he was advised to head to Jalalabad. The air raids intensified when he reached Jalalabad, and he was told to flee to the safety of Tora Bora. Unfortunately, he was injured during a bombardment on his way there. After being captured by the U.S., he wrote in a message to his family that an American investigator had questioned him and found nothing against him, and he believed he would soon be freed. He also writes of the terrible he feels in prison and hopes to see his ill mother soon.
|In his letter to the Kuwaiti ambassador in Pakistan, published by al Rai al-A’am newspaper on 31 December 2001, from Jalalabad, where he was first detained before being transferred to Kabul:“I came to Afghanistan to help with charitable projects. I helped to build wells, renovated a mosque, distributed financial aid to the poor. I fled to Jalalabad following the capture of Kabul….and I was eventually detained. I was questioned by an American…He then told me that there is no evidence against me and that they have nothing on me….The problem we are now facing, is that the current Afghan government is treating us like animals. I have injuries all over my body, and was kept in handcuffs for days. They also stole my belongings. We are threatened with torture and murder…”|
Fayiz signed some of his letters:
|December 23rd 2001“The American investigator himself told me that there is nothing against me, thanks to God.”August 2002“We are in terrible isolation from the world and I am very worried. We are still in cages.”|
In an interview with the Kuwaiti Times on 1/12/2008 his mother expresses her sorrow:
By Nawara Fattahova, Staff writer
KUWAIT: The families of the Kuwaiti detainees imprisoned in Guantanamo are still waiting news of the release of their sons from that jail and to be tried in Kuwaiti courts. They see the visit of the US President George W Bush to Kuwait as a very good opportunity for them to reopen the subject and push for their early release. The mother of one of the detainees, Fayiz Al-Kandari wrote a letter to the US president. In it she describes a mother’s agony while waiting for her son’s return, who has been imprisoned in Guantanamo since the last six years.
We are awaiting your visit patiently, as you are our only hope after God, to get our sons released. You have left your house, wife, and daughters to visit us, and you don’t even know us. Hear the voice of this mother who has nothing else other than this pen to express her sadness with.
The letter continues describing her son’s tragedy saying, “You left your family safe, in a nice warm house, while my son has been imprisoned since six years in an animal’s cage in Guantanamo. My son cannot differentiate days from nights and cannot sleep. The spotlights are directed on him as if he is some strange creature in a showroom wearing some orange uniform. His hands and feet are chained, and I think he has become used to it, although the weight is heavy.” Her letter now begins to compare, “You have
just celebrated the Christmas and New Year with your family, while my son and I were deprived of ours. Your children wear new clothes, while I wear only black since the day you imprisoned my son.
She calls upon the president to do a humanitarian deed, and take pity on her broken heart and crying eyes. “My son was imprisoned for helping poor people. I really miss him. I still remember the day when the nurse told me that I’m pregnant. You can ask your wife about this word. It’s a mix of happiness and joy. When I carried him for nine months, I still faced many hard moments while eating and sleeping, but I still loved him and will always love him.
She speaks of her son’s growing years. “When he came into this world, his cries at birth and my happiness mixed together and all my pain was gone. For years I held him in my arms, washed and cared for him. The days, nights and years passed by and he became strong. I started dreaming of his bright future and I always watched over him and waited for him to come home until your soldiers arrested him and tortured him. His only fault was that he wanted to help poor people.” The letter ends here on this note, but will the US president care about what has been written? Will he listen, not only to the detainees’ families, but also to the human rights organizations?
Fayez has not been charged with any crime, and his family anxiously awaits his return.
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