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Letter to Om KhaledThu, 2011/12/15 - 03:16 — Manal Om Khaled,My partner, my friend, my half, my all, my love, the mother of my child, mysupport in life. I MISS YOU I LOVE YOU.The only reason I can bear being separated from you is your support.I just got the photos, Im confused about my feelings now but Im mostlyhappy. Its so unfair that I cant be with you to comfort you, its so unfairthat I wait for you to get well and get back to comforting me. It is beyondunfair that I cant hold Khaled for hours the way Ive held countless otherbabies, I gave so much love and attention to sons and daughters of friendsand family. Yet I cant do the same to my own child.I wonder how old will Khaled be when I finally get out of here, I wonderwhat else I will miss? His Sobo3? The first time he grips your fingers? Themoment you realize he is focusing his eyes on you? Or is going to be evenworse and Ill miss his first smile?What does it feel to hold him? How does he smell? How does he soundwhen cries?My son, our son, our little Khaled.
I showed the photos to everyone in the cell, theyre genuinely happy for me butlike everything in this cell it is all subdued, made me feel more alone and lonely.Ive been thinking a lot about our life in South Africa the bliss of just beingtogether having an easy comfortable life, yet still doing good work. We used tocomment a lot on how Egyptian youth only aspire for a home and a family and ajob to support them. Turns out as usual al sha3b got it right, the day we canenjoy just being a family in Egypt while secure in the future, content in ourcomforts and fulfilled in our jobs is the day that revolution is complete.Until then well make do by sticking together facing whatever life throws at us,knowing that as long as we are all one all is fine.I miss you so much it hurts, I guess you know the feeling, Im overwhelmed byhow unfair it is, how meaningless it has become at this stage, but I know we areboth in good hands, Khaled is blessed with the unconditional love of not just hisparents but large extended families and hundreds of aunts and aunties, I hopehe grows to appreciate it all.Alaa,6-12-2011cell 6/1 ward 4Tora prison Read more »Free AlaaKhaledprison writingAdd new comment
Fri, 2011/11/11 - 13:30 — Manal English Translation
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2011Translation: Alaa Abd El Fattah on the Night ofMasperoThis piece was first published in Arabic in alShorouk on October 20th. It is widely felt tohave been one of the triggers for Alaa Abd ElFattahs summons to the Military Prosecutor,and his subsequent incarceration.
To be with the Martyrs, which is better by farTwo days we spent in the morgue; two days with bodiesfighting to hold onto the title of “shaheed”, martyr. Fightingthe entire Mubarak regime, not just the Mubarak military thatcrushed them with the armoured personnel carriers, nor theMubarak media that deprived them of their rightful title anddescribed them as killers, nor the Mubarak Prosecution thatwriggled out of doing justly by them; the bodies fought to holdonto the radiance befitting martyrdom – in a poor publichospital with no facilities. They fought against the superstitionof the Mubarak era that said an autopsy is a desecration of thedead not an insistence on their rights, they fought against theauthority of the priests and sheikhs of the ruler who suggestthat if you seek justice in this world you renounce it in thenext, they fought against the Mubarak sectarianism that madethe poor find enemies in the poor rather than in those whosteal the bread from the poor.
Two days in the company of merciful death and ashame without mercy. Why, my Lord, are most of ourshuhada poor? How do the gun and the APCdistinguish? The blood’s the same and the grave’s thesame and yet martyrdom rejects us again and again.Egypt is choosy; she’ll only pick the best amongst us,and Mina Daniel is her choice. Without him we wouldnot have won in the morgue.
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