Flash Game Takes on In-Custody Immigrant Death

February 16, 2010 -

The Homeland Guantanamos website offers an embedded Flash game designed to highlight the plight of immigrant detainees in U.S. custody.

Users will take on the role of a journalist posing undercover as an Immigrant Detention Center Guard in order to solve the death of 52-year old Guinea immigrant Boubacar Bah. A friendly detainee inside will aid the investigation as you tour the facility in search of clues.

The game is based on true events—Bah was a real detainee at the Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey (which the game models the detainee center after) and died in custody on May 30, 2007.

A video report from the New York Times on Bah’s death claims that following a fall, believed to have taken place in a bathroom, he was found unconscious. Bah later briefly regained consciousness and was taken to a medical center, where he became agitated. He was shackled and put in solitary confinement, where he again became unresponsive. 15 hours after his fall, Bah was rushed into emergency brain surgery. His family was not notified until five days after the fall. Bah was in a coma for four months before eventually dying.

The website estimates that 300,000 legal and illegal immigrants are currently in custody in the U.S. and that 87 immigrants have died in custody since 2003.

The game was developed by Free Range Studios for the human rights organization Breakthrough.

The New York Times video was just one-part of a series of reports on in-custody deaths of immigrants in the U.S.


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Re: Flash Game Takes on In-Custody Immigrant Death

Very interesting approach to getting the word out.

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Re: Flash Game Takes on In-Custody Immigrant Death

America has the worst prison systems in the world and Guantanamo is not a very big step up from them.  Here's a hint: when your country incarcerates more people than anyone else in the world by population, jailing a higher percentage of people than China and Saudi Arabia (a country where sentencing a 13-year-old to 90 lashings is not only a legal punishment but has happened in the last two months) combined.  Yes, we should fix Guantanamo, but first maybe we should work on not having one out of every 130 people in the country locked up.

 

Think about it - do you really think that out of every 130 people you see in the street, one deserves to be locked up?  I'd be too terrified to leave the house, personally.

Re: Flash Game Takes on In-Custody Immigrant Death

If jail worked the US would be the safest place on the planet.

Re: Flash Game Takes on In-Custody Immigrant Death

"And I'm sorry, but I can see how it would be hard to identify the family of an individual whose ID cannot be verified."

If you'd bothered to RTFA, the Bah case was one where Bah was living for a decade in the US with his family until he was picked up by immigration over an expired Visa. If it was hard to find the ID with which he must have been singled out in the first place, or the family with whom he was living, then you must make pretty massive allowances for government incompetence over there.

Re: Flash Game Takes on In-Custody Immigrant Death

"then you must make pretty massive allowances for government incompetence over there."

You're talking about the US of A, Do the friggin math!

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Re: Flash Game Takes on In-Custody Immigrant Death

A whole 87!?  My GOD, call up the ACLU.  Seriously, it surprises me that the number isn't higher, concerning the conditions that most people who illegally immigrate to this country have to bear.  And I'm sorry, but I can see how it would be hard to identify the family of an individual whose ID cannot be verified.

Re: Flash Game Takes on In-Custody Immigrant Death

Nice comment.

If you actually knew anything about what you're talking about, there are BIG problems with the way illegal immigrants are treated in detention. One of which is systemic failures to provide adequate healthcare when health issues arise.

There was a person whose terminal cancer caused him excessive pain. He was shackled and transported several hundred miles while in excrutiating pain. The best part was that his cancer got to that point because the authorities told him he was lying about his condition and never treated tje cancer. He died.

But hey, they're not humans, so who the fuck cares about if they live or die, right?

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Re: Flash Game Takes on In-Custody Immigrant Death

Wow, looks like we ACTUALLY found something swine flu killed MORE than while it was famous.

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