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Ibrahim Halawa

Ibrahim Halawa has written an emotional letter from prison

In it, he imagines graduating from college


Written by Michelle O'Connor and posted in news


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Ibrahim Halawa, the Dublin youth who has been detained in an Egyptian prison since he was 17 has written a letter imagining what his life would be like if he was not imprisoned in Cairo, Egypt. Halawa, from Dublin, was arrested in August 2013 by the Egyptian army after allegedly taking part in a protest during the Muslim Brotherhood’s “day of rage”. 

His trial has been since been rescheduled 15 times, and he now faces mass trial along with 493 other people on 3 October. He has been suffering from chest pains and denied access to specialist medical treatment, according to his family. 

In the letter he wrote, Halawa imagines his graduation day from college. Here is the letter in full (unedited):

Today has finally come, my graduation day, The day i have longed for. The day my parents invested their whole lives in to see me reach.It’s the day while every graduate gets their hair done, I forcibly get my head shaved, while my rough white clothes is my uniform, my fellow graduates are dressed in their best outfits.

Today while every graduate throws their graduation hat in the sky to come down with the long waiting dream, I don’t see the sky because I’m enrolled in a different college
A college i did not know I had applied for when I chose to fight for freedom, a college that kidnapped me from life to teach me the principles of really life, a college full of lessons. A lot of which I have learned in dark moments and nights where the first lesson is how I should have appreciated small lesuires in life that passed by unnoticeably.So simple as the sun burn that would reflect of my book to light my face up or the morning breeze that will find its way through its lungs.

Striving with life’s toughest conditions was another lesson. Being forced to show with 30 human beings  24/7 dormitory where my sleeping area is 35cm.
In this college I’m obliged to live with a broad diversity of inmates from presidential consultants and college professors to illiterate criminals which thought me to see the real human being behind every social rank.I have learned that absolutism is an invalid way to judge humans, humanity is all about relativism.

It is a college where the hardest subject is finding the forgiveness, as I must say as a freedom fighter I never became a revenge hunter.
Even though after all these years my oppressor is yet not convicted to let me graduate from his prison and go home while for others it’s graduation night out for me its graduation lights out.

Photograph of letter from Ibrahim Halawa

Youth Work Tipperary's Junior Board of Management are calling on the government to seek the immediate release of Ibrahim, and you can help by signing this petition.

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Published September 28th, 2016
Last updated October 6th, 2016
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