An excerpt from an interview with the Mail on Sunday has particularly caught the public's attention:
A few days ago, I was with my daughter, using our Oyster cards to go through the gates on the Tube, and there was this guy in a wheelchair. He asked me for help, to push him to the bus station. He was a clean-shaven white guy and I’m an Arab with a beard. I said, 'Of course I will help you, and I’m so happy you asked me.'
It was a little bit uphill and I pushed him all the way and I was talking to him. Fourteen years I’ve been controlled, 14 years I haven’t talked to a normal human being, and here is somebody who will talk to me, who isn’t scared. I was so happy because I felt like, yes, this is it, I’m back.
The quote, along with a picture of Aamer, was shared on the Facebook page of Reprieve, a activist group which has campaigned for the release of prisoners from Guantanamo - it has since been shared more than 4,000 times.