NEW YORK - A 35-year-old Yemeni man, one of dozens of prisoners on hunger strike at the US Guantanamo Bay prison, narrated a horrifying tale of what it’s like to be kept alive through force feedings and the degrading conditions in the detention centre in an article published in the New York Times on Monday.

“Gitmo Is Killing Me,” read the headline on the op-ed by Samir Najal al Hasan Moqbel, who has been held for 11 years and three months without charges.  He told this story, through an Arabic interpreter, to his lawyers at the legal charity Reprieve in an unclassified telephone call.