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Forbidden poetry – Ahmed Douma

Last update: 22 March 2022
Forbidden poetry – Ahmed Douma
In continuation of #WorldPoetryDay, PEN highlights the case of Egyptian poet #AhmedDouma who has been arbitrarily detained since 2013, following a grossly unfair trial as a result of his activism and criticism of the authorities.     

PEN International calls for Ahmed Douma’s immediate and unconditional release and for all charges against him to be dropped. PEN also calls for the release of all writers, poets, HRDs, activists and critics who are being arbitrary detained, or wrongly convicted following unfair trials solely for practising the right to freedom of expression. 

Today we share extracts of Douma’s banned poem “Curly”, which he wrote during years of solitary confinement. Share Douma’s poetry today, and call for his immediate release: https://pen-international.org/news/prison-writing-by-ahmed-douma