Right or Wrong, Force-Feeding Is Ugly: An Illustrated Guide

At Guantanamo Bay, 44 hunger strikers are kept alive with an incredibly painful, ethically questionable, and politically sensitive procedure. Here, in excruciating detail, is how it works.

Prisoners say it’s unbearably awful. One lawyer calls it ‘brutal, inhuman, and merciless.’ A recent article in a medical journal called it ‘aggravated assault.’ What exactly is force-feeding, and should the U.S. government be forcing it upon dozens of inmates at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba? Below, a step-by-step explanation. For more on the ongoing quagmire, click here. For an explanation from our NewsBeast Labs tumblr about how we built it, click here.