Guantánamo art show rattles US military and could prompt confiscation or destruction

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Works by detainees are making waves at a New York exhibition – but now officials have taken away finished artworks and won’t let them leave the site

When Moath al-Alwi wants to get his mind out of the US detention center in Guantánamo Bay, where he has been held without charge for almost 16 years, he builds model ships.

“A ship expresses rescue,” he told his lawyer during a recent visit. “Noah was able to rescue people and animals on Earth with a ship. That is why I love to build ships.”

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