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Prison bars and Big Macs: an illustrated visit to Guantánamo Bay

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Guantanamo Bay drawn by Molly Crabapple for Vice
Guantanamo Bay drawn by Molly Crabapple for Vice

In June, artist and Vice columnist Molly Crabapple took a trip to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to cover the pretrial hearings of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But she came back with a larger piece called "It Don't Gitmo Better Than This," that combines her writing and inky illustrations into an engrossing account of her time at one of the world's most notorious prisons. Crabapple's column captures the odd reality of 166 men — many of whom haven't been charged with a crime and 68 who are on a hunger strike — being imprisoned yards away from a Subway and a McDonald's. She also visited Camp X-Ray, a temporary prison used back in 2002 while the Joint Task Force — an ad-hoc Navy group — built the actual Navy base prison that has since housed nearly 800 men over the last decade. "The JTF and the detainees are enemies together, trapped on a horseshoe-shaped piece of Cuba," Crabapple writes about the base. "In Gitmo, only the animals are free." Check out Crabapple's full account at the Vice source link below.