Tanzanian man Suleiman Abdallah was detained and tortured by US officials in Afghanistan on suspicion of being a terrorist. He survived five years of beatings, solitary confinement, forced nakedness and humiliation, before being quietly discharged with a piece of paper confirming his innocence. Democracy Now! highlighted reporter Clara Gutteridge’s new piece for The Nation Friday morning, in which she tells Abdallah’s story; a harrowing, human part in a web of secret US operations in Africa.

—Zoë Schlanger