On the Occasion of World Poetry Day (21.3.2016), Gaza- based human rights activists released an amateur video-clip in support of the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayyadh, 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)!