Gallery | Ramadan 2012, Guantánamo Bay

  • Cooperative captives in communal detention conduct prayers during Ramadan at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Monday Aug, 6, 2012. This photo was taken through one-way glass, without the detainees' knowledge, from a vantage point that looks down on the cellblock. It was then reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cooperative captives in communal detention conduct prayers during Ramadan at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Monday Aug, 6, 2012. This photo was taken through one-way glass, without the detainees' knowledge, from a vantage point that looks down on the cellblock. It was then reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WATLER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cooperative captives in communal detention conduct prayers during Ramadan at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Monday Aug, 6, 2012. This photo was taken through one-way glass, without the detainees' knowledge, from a vantage point that looks down on the cellblock. It was then reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cooperative captives in communal detention conduct prayers during Ramadan at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Monday Aug, 6, 2012. This photo was taken through one-way glass, without the detainees' knowledge, from a vantage point that looks down on the cellblock. It was then reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cooperative captives in communal detention conduct prayers during Ramadan at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Monday Aug, 6, 2012. This photo was taken through one-way glass, without the detainees' knowledge, from a vantage point that looks down on the cellblock. It was then reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cooperative captives in communal detention conduct prayers during Ramadan at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Monday Aug, 6, 2012. This photo was taken through one-way glass, without the detainees' knowledge, from a vantage point that looks down on the cellblock. It was then reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Islamic prayer beads issued to the detainees. At the Detention Center, U.S. Navy base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. August, 2012 WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A Defense Department contractor, who identifies himself only as Milton manages the 18,000-book, 2,800-DVD, 1,200-magazine, 370-video game library out of an air-conditioned trailer at the U.S. Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He showed a reporter and photographer around on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. This photo was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A Defense Department contractor who identifies himself only as Milton shows a photographer a bilingual book of poetry that was bound for a cellblock at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Tuesday; Aug. 7; 2012. Milton manages the 18,000-book, 2,800-DVD, 1,200-magazine, 370-videogame library out of an air-conditioned trailer at the base. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A Defense Department contractor who identifies himself only as Milton shows a photographer a bilingual book of poetry that was bound for a cellblock at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Tuesday; Aug. 7; 2012. Milton manages the 18,000-book, 2,800-DVD, 1,200-magazine, 370-videogame library out of an air-conditioned trailer at the base. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A sailor walks out of the library at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. Contractors have posted on the wall copies of artwork by captives who took art class as part of the detention center's program to create diversions that keep the captives occupied, rather than pestering the guards. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A bookshelf at the detention center at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012. The librarian said it had an 18,000-book, 2,800-DVD, 1,200-magazine, 370-video game collection. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Included in the artwork at the detainee library at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, was a photo of a ship constructed out of cardboard. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A bus passes by Camps 5 and 6 in the early August evening at the the U.S. Navy base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. WALTER MICHOT / WALTER MICHOT

  • Defense Department contractor Sam Scott, in charge of food preparation for both detainees and the guard force, shows some special food the Pentagon is giving to captives during this Ramadan season. Each captive, she said, gets five dates at two meals -- or about a half-pound of dates a day. This photo, taken Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Defense Department contractor Sam Scott, in charge of food preparation for both detainees and the guard force, shows some special food the Pentagon is giving to captives during this Ramadan season. Each captive, she said, gets five dates at two meals -- or about a half-pound of dates a day. This photo, taken Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Defense Department contractor Sam Scott, in charge of food preparation for both detainees and the guard force, shows some special food the Pentagon is giving to captives during this Ramadan season. Each captive, she said, gets five dates at two meals -- or about a half-pound of dates a day. This photo, taken Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • In Camp 6, where cooperative captives live communally, they get meals in mermites, the military term for containers that keep food hot, and let the detainees distribute meals among themselves. On this night, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, their Iftar meal consisted of Bok Choy Sinagang soup, cooked with lamb, manaeesh dough, yogurt, honey, Nutrigrain bars, fresh fruit, hot tea and Styrofoam cups containing five dates for each detainee This photo was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • In Camp 6, where cooperative captives live communally, they get meals in mermites, the military term for containers that keep food hot, and let the detainees distribute meals among themselves. On this night, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, their Iftar meal consisted of Bok Choy Sinagang soup, cooked with lamb, manaeesh dough, yogurt, honey, Nutrigrain bars, fresh fruit, hot tea and Styrofoam cups containing five dates for each detainee This photo was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • In Camp 6, where cooperative captives live communally, they get meals in mermites, the military term for containers that keep food hot, and let the detainees distribute meals among themselves. On this night, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, their Iftar meal consisted of Bok Choy Sinagang soup, cooked with lamb, manaeesh dough, yogurt, honey, Nutrigrain bars, fresh fruit, hot tea and Styrofoam cups containing five dates for each detainee This photo was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Captives are kicking around a soccer ball for exercise in the late afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, just before the prayer call and iftar dinner at Camp 6, the penitentiary style building for cooperative detainees at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. About 100 of the 168 captives at Guantanamo are kept in Camp 6, which has a labyrinth of chain-linked fence enclosures that lets them move beyond their cellblock without being shackled by the guards, who keep them under constant surveillance. This photo was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Army Cpt. Lamar Madison shows the media a "show cell," illustrating the accommodations at the communal Camp 6, where about 100 of the 168 captives are kept at the US Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Captives are kicking around a soccer ball for exercise in the late afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, just before the prayer call and iftar dinner at Camp 6, the penitentiary style building for cooperative detainees at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. About 100 of the 168 captives at Guantanamo are kept in Camp 6, which has a labyrinth of chain-linked fence enclosures that lets them move beyond their cellblock without being shackled by the guards, who keep them under constant surveillance. This photo was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Captives are kicking around a soccer ball for exercise in the late afternoon on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, just before the prayer call and iftar dinner at Camp 6, the penitentiary style building for cooperative detainees at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. About 100 of the 168 captives at Guantanamo are kept in Camp 6, which has a labyrinth of chain-linked fence enclosures that lets them move beyond their cellblock without being shackled by the guards, who keep them under constant surveillance. This photo was reviewed by a member of the U.S. military at Guantanamo, and approved for release. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Lamb is a staple of the stews and soups prepared for the 168 detainees during Ramadan, according to food prep manager Sam Scott, who on Aug. 8, 2012 showed this package of frozen lamb parts imported from Australia. This photo, approved for release by a member of the U.S. military, was taken inside a walk-in cooler packed with detainee food at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. CAROL ROSENBERG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Detainees get dates twice a week with their "feast meal," according to food prep manager Sam Scott, who on Aug. 8, 2012 showed this package marked "Sinfully Delicious," and labeled kosher by a California manufacturer called Sinbad. This photo, approved for release by a member of the U.S. military, was taken inside a walk-in cooler packed with detainee food at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. CAROL ROSENBERG / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • An Army guard walks the hallway at Camp 5, for maximum security, low value detainees at the U.S. Navy base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. WALTER MICHOT / MIAMI HERALD STAFF