Guantanamo to cater to Ramadan-observant detainees

September 27, 2006 04:51


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Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay entered Ramadan with traditional sweets, dates and honey - but without a military chaplain to lead them in prayer during Islam's holy month. Nearly all the alleged al-Qaida and Taliban members held at the detention center in Cuba are observing Ramadan, officials said Tuesday. Meals are offered before dawn and after sunset to accommodate their fasting during daylight hours. The adjustments for Ramadan, which began Saturday, come as the US prison faces accusations of religious insensitivity. A court challenge seeking the return of a full-time Muslim chaplain to the base has been filed by one detainee's attorney, who said that regular religious services would help "preserve the sanity" of the detainees. "I think it would preserve order and discourage these suicides that are happening there," attorney Gaillard Hunt said.

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