“Your money will go towards producing and marketing these events, and paying a fee to Omar and to all other artists involved. We are also hoping to commission a piece of work from Omar Hazek.”
“OmarHazek was scheduled to appear at the opening night of the Writers Unlimited Festival, where he was to accept his award.”
One hundred Egyptian prisoners who were arrested for political reasons have been placed on a list to be pardoned and released. Novelist and poet Omar Hazek is one of them.
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“Let me tell you of the Egyptian poet Ahmed Doma, who was detained 18 times during Mubarak and SCAF’s regimes, and is currently sentenced for 31 years of imprisonment!”
“I lost inspiration for three years, only to recover it in my small frigid box — cell 5, ward 23.”
“But this Eid al-Fitr, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji remains in prison on his three-year sentence; Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh remains in prison in Saudi Arabia, serving his eight-year, 800-lash sentence; Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour remains under house arrest…”
“Excerpts of Naji’s novel in the original Arabic, as well as French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, Slovenian, German, and Finnish.”
Novelist and poet Omar Hazek was jailed on December 2, 2013, charged with violating Egypt’s anti-protest law, a “crime” for which he is serving two years in prison. Yet he maintains more hope than most.