With President Obama renewing his vow to close detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Medill News Service traveled to the base and photographed the abandoned Camp X-Ray detention center.

The military used Camp X-Ray from 1994 to 1996 to house tens-of-thousands of Haitian and Cuban refugees who were seeking asylum in the U.S.

The camp, reopened in 2002, held the war’s first detainees. They arrived in orange jump suits, darkened goggles and ear covers. At its height, it housed roughly 300 suspected terrorists in rows of chain-linked, open-air cells. It included guard towers and wooden cabins, where the accused were admitted, received medical care and subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques. The detainees were transferred to a different camp at Guantanamo in April 2003.

By mid-2015, Camp X-Ray was overgrown with weeds, isolated and empty.

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