Mansoor Adayfi, 44th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Mansoor Adayfi


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At age 18, Mansoor Adayfi left his home in Yemen for a cultural mission to Afghanistan. He never returned. Kidnapped by warlords and sold to the U.S. after 9/11, he was rendered to Guantánamo Bay where he spent the next 15 years without being charged with a crime. He now lives in Belgrade, Serbia, where he writes and advocates for prisoner and detainee rights. His memoir of time at Guantánamo, Don’t Forget Us Here, tells two coming-of-age stories in parallel: a makeshift island outpost becoming the world’s most notorious prison, and a young man emerging from its darkness. Art by Mansoor and other former and current detainees will be featured in the spring 2022 exhibition Art from Guantánamo Bay at ODU’s Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries.


Wednesday, October 6, 10 a.m.

Cullen Strawn, Executive Director for the Arts, welcomed the audience and introduced Dr. Erin Thompson, art historian, who introduced Mansoor Adayfi.

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