Guantanamo: Force-Feeding Painful to Hunger Strikers
The Sunday Observer has reviewed a sworn statement from Captain John S Edmondson, commander of Guantanamo's hospital about the force-feeding of 81 detainees on a hunger strike.
New details have emerged of how the growing number of prisoners on hunger strike at GuantÃ¡namo Bay are being tied down and force-fed through tubes pushed down their nasal passages into their stomachs to keep them alive. They routinely experience bleeding and nausea, according to a sworn statement by the camp's chief doctor, seen by The Observer.
Edmondson describes the force-feeding procedure and says:
It is painful.... Although 'non-narcotic pain relievers such as ibuprofen are usually sufficient, sometimes stronger drugs,' including opiates such as morphine, have had to be administered.
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