The General by Ahmed Errachidi
The Ordinary Man Challenged Guantanamo

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...his extraordinary story, with all its surreal and brutal twists, needed telling.


On 11 September 2001, in a café in London, Ahmed Errachidi watched as the twin towers collapsed. He was appalled by the loss of innocent life. But he couldn’t possibly have predicted how much of his own life he too would lose because of that day.

In a series of terrible events, Ahmed was sold by the Pakistanis to the Americans in the diplomatic lounge at Islamabad airport and spent five and a half years in Guantanamo. There, he was beaten, tortured, humiliated, very nearly destroyed.

But Ahmed did not give in. This very ordinary, Moroccan-born London chef became a leader of men. Known by the authorities as The General, he devised protests and resistance by any means possible. As a result, he spent most of his time in solitary confinement. But then, after all those years, Ahmed was freed, his innocence admitted.

This is Ahmed’s story. It will make you rethink what it means to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It will also make you look anew at courage, survival, justice and the War on Terror.

About Ahmed Errachidi

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AHMED ERRACHIDI was born in Tangiers but lived and worked as a chef in London for 18 years before being detained in Guantanamo. He now lives back in Morocco with his wife and children and is opening his own restaurant.
Published March 28, 2013 by Vintage Digital. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, War, Crime. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tim Adams on Apr 06 2013

...his extraordinary story, with all its surreal and brutal twists, needed telling.

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