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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
About 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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