As part of the Young Professional Amnesty International (YPAI) group, we decided to have a social outing to the Lower East Side for the play Lidless. I honestly had no idea what to expect. As I sat in the audience, the story that unfolded before me really caught my (and everyone’s) attention. It showed women members of the U.S. Army being both physically and sexually abusive toward the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. As the years pass, one Iraqi man who was imprisoned comes back to their lives asking for a transplant. After being infected with Hepatitis during his time as a prisoner, he needed a kidney to survive. These health issues were just some of the controversial topics Guantanamo became known for as people began to protest against it. However, any solutions were mostly neglected. The man stirs up emotions and actions within the family, bringing up a past that has tried to be forgotten. The daughter of the family brought about another shocking storyline to pull at emotions and opinions of the audience.
As the play ended, it left most of us sitting speechless and shocked. We were unsure of what to do next, since our plans of getting drinks seemed rather inappropriate after what we had just witnessed. Luckily, sitting together after opened up great discussion on the subject of Guantanamo Bay, it’s recent “closing”, and the cases today.
Lidless’ storyline hit shockingly close to some current cases Amnesty International is working with. (Check out this site to learn more). It also brings up the question of, why are there still prisoners at Guantanamo, and what progress has really been made since Obama’s decision to close it down?