a father and child reunion

December 2002
People;12/30/2002, Vol. 58 Issue 27, p122
In the months after the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, few American Muslims faced a more stirring challenge than Abuhena Saifulislam, 40. As one of three Islamic chaplains in the U.S. Navy, he was rushed to Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in January to lead a formidable flock: 300 al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners from Afghanistan--plus the nearly 1,700 Americans guarding them. In late April, when his tour of duty ended, the Bangladesh-born lieutenant headed home to San Diego for a reunion with his wife, Kaniz Fatema, 32, and 2-year-old daughter Taharah Ibnat Islam.


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