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On World Poetry Day, Gaza activists honor detained poet Ashraf Fayadh

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On the Occasion of World Poetry Day, Gaza-based human rights activists released an amateur video-clip in support of the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who has been detained in a Saudi prison since January 1, 2014, without access to a lawyer since then. He was initially sentenced to death for “apostasy” by a regional court in Saudi Arabia on November 17, 2015. Due to international pressure and campaigns the sentence has recently been reduced to 8 years imprisonment and 800 lashes! The video-clip, performed by the Palestinian activist Haidar Eid, titled “Thirsty for Freedom,” adapted from a poem by the late legendary Egyptian poet Ahmed  Fouad Negm.

I am thirsty (for freedom )

The walk to freedom is full of hurdles

the desert is so expansive and faraway

I am thirsty even though the water is so near

I am thirsty for freedom

Even though my steps are lost in a painful maze

the dream is worth it

And every time I get lost

My poetry shows me the light

I am thirsty (for freedom )

Oh sweetheart ! my shining star!

 you are the light of my dungeon

  It’s written on your palm

 “It’s time to go home “

I am THIRSTY (FOR FREEDOM)!

Thirsty for Freedom. عطشان from One Democratic State Group on Vimeo.

Haidar Eid

Haidar Eid is Associate Professor of Postcolonial and Postmodern Literature at Gaza's al-Aqsa University. He has written widely on the Arab-Israeli conflict, including articles published at Znet, Electronic Intifada, Palestine Chronicle, and Open Democracy. He has published papers on cultural Studies and literature in a number of journals, including Nebula, Journal of American Studies in Turkey, Cultural Logic, and the Journal of Comparative Literature.

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