The Take: How a notorious US prison still haunts Afghanistan

Bagram Prison was a site of torture during the US war in Afghanistan that continues to haunt former detainees

Blast walls and a few buildings can be seen at Bagram Airfield after the US military left the base, in Parwan province north of Kabul, Afghanistan, July 5, 2021 [Rahmat Gul/AP]

Thousands of people were imprisoned for years without charge or trial by the United States during its so-called “war on terror”. Moazzam Begg was one of them. For the first time since he was detained more than 20 years ago, Begg returns with Al Jazeera to the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, where he witnessed terrible abuses that continue to haunt him.

In this episode: 

  • Moazzam Begg (@Moazzam_Begg), former Bagram and Guantanamo detainee

Episode credits:

This episode was produced by Miranda Lin and Zaina Badr, with Khaled Soltan, Chloe K Li and our host Malika Bilal. 

Our sound designer is Alex Roldan. Our lead of audience development and engagement is Aya Elmileik and Adam Abou-Gad is our engagement producer.

Alexandra Locke is The Take’s executive producer. Ney Alvarez is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

Watch the full film ‘Echoes of Bagram’ by Al Jazeera Witness, here.

With special thanks to Horia El Hadad and Michael McEvoy.

Connect with us:

@AJEPodcasts on TwitterInstagram, FacebookThreads and YouTube

Source: Al Jazeera