July 9th, 2013
01:05 PM ET
The aborted procedure was captured in a four-and-a-half-minute video commissioned by human rights organization Reprieve, with the intent being to raise awareness and support for Gitmo detainees who are being involuntarily fed while on a hunger strike.
In the video, Yasiin enters a stark-white room in his everyday clothes before changing into an orange jumpsuit. He's then handcuffed, and strapped to a chair.
The artist is quiet as - according to Reprieve - two UK doctors prepare a feeding tube, but as the team begins to insert the tube into his right nostril Yasiin squirms, groans, yelps and eventually pleads for the procedure to stop. According to Reprieve, the doctors were following an involuntary feeding protocol outlined on Al Jazeera in May 2013.
"Please! Stop! This is me," says Yasiin before breaking down in tears.
After collecting himself, Yasiin thanks the organization for putting the project together.
"I really want to thank you guys for setting this up, and having the idea to do it. I really didn't know what to expect," he says. "When the tube went in, the first part of it is not that bad, but then you get this burning ... and then it starts to be like, really unbearable, like something is going into my brain. ... I really couldn't take it."
The graphic video, directed by BAFTA winner Asif Kapadia, was posted on The Guardian's website Monday. As the UK paper notes, the images contained in the video may be disturbing for some viewers.
Of the 166 detainees who were at Guantanamo as of July 2, CNN was told that 106 of them are being tracked as hunger strikers. Forty-five of those participating in the hunger strike, which is being conducted in protest of their treatment at the prison, are being fed through tubes directly to the stomach or intestinal tract.
The controversial issue has turned into a court battle, as the lawyers for four detainees have tried to end the force-feedings ahead of the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Monday evening. However, the U.S. government has rejected the petition, saying on July 3 that the force-feedings provide "essential nutrition and medical care" and don't interfere with the detainees' observant fasting during Ramadan.
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