Dear Project Members,
Ours is a project of Witness And Memory and we will not forget Ahmed Naji who like so many other poets, writers, and artists are seemingly a constant threat to the Egyptian government. M. Lynx Qualey has followed this story of unjust imprisonment since its inception and I want to link you to her site today.
Read M. Lynx Qualey’s post and carry the story of Naji’s imprisonment to other poets, writers, and artists.
Note – Today, Ahmed Naji receives the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, in absentia, in NYC:
As a poet I believe in the interior power of words and that the very act of writing/repeating a name can carry a sense of purpose/solidarity over many mountains and seas. Write Ahmed’s name three times on the blank paper that sits next to you right now. Fold that paper and put it in your pocket, carry it in all your senses throughout today.
Let us all stand at his side…………….