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

Hunger strikers at Guantanamo Bay are being kept alive with a 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.