Guantanamo Boy Short Essay - Answer Key

Anna Perera
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1. What does Anna Perera claim inspired her to write Guantanamo Boy in the Author’s Note?

Anna Perera was first inspired to begin writing Guantanamo Boy while attending a benefit for a charity called the Reprieve, which fights for the rights of prisoners around the world. When she learned that "children have been abducted, abused and held without charge in Guantanamo Bay,” she was driven to write this novel.

2. What are some of the examples of films, books, etc. that Anna Perera used as research in developing the story of Guantanamo Boy, according to the Author’s Note?

Perera details where she gained much of her research for the work, including the books Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons, and Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, and Kandahar. She was also influence by the film The Road to Guantanamo.

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