‘I beg..if I die away from you take me back’ – Ibrahim Halawa pens touching letter to people of Ireland
Irishman Ibrahim Halawa, who has been in an Egyptian prison for three years, has penned a heart-breaking letter to the people of Ireland.
In his letter, he spoke about longing to walk on the “sand of Bray beach” and asked that if he should die in prison, that Ireland take him back “to be buried in your soil and feel your goodbye tears.”
Mr Halawa, from Firhouse in Dublin, was arrested in August 2014 after participating in a protest against the ousting of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
He is now 20-years-old and has recently had his trial adjourned for a 16th time.
His next trial date is set for December 13th - the day of his 21st birthday.
He has claimed to have been beaten, tortured and placed in solitary confinement on multiple occasions.
The Egyptian authorities deny these claims.
If convicted, Mr Halawa could face the death penalty.
The letter in full reads:
“I really don't know what to say, I have been taken away from you for so long. But I miss you dearly. It's really out of my hands. I can't understand, I just can't understand why they have kidnapped me away from you. So young I was while you were teaching me how to live, laugh, love and care. But they have taken me away before you had the time to teach me how to struggle, how to deal with evil and hatred.
“When I was young I used to run to you whenever I was sad and needed to complain about my humongous kiddie problems. The time my mum delayed getting me the latest PlayStation game when all the other friends had it. Or when I wasn't allowed stay out late at night And when I entered secondary school and exams were much tougher than before. Or that time I came to complain about my first teenage love.
“Do you remember when I came running to you crying about the kid who screamed at me saying "go back to your country" and as usual you were crying rain and I was relieved because you were sharing my crying.
“But now that I'm growing up away from you and banned from talking to you, who am I supposed to complain to now that my kiddie worldly problems turned out to be just a drop in the ocean.
“Ireland, I really need to complain to you about how one human enjoys torturing another human, the continues injustice, the oppression and the killing of the innocent.
“Ireland I'm lusting to walk on the sand of bray beach, scramming freedom from the top of Cliffs Moher, your rainforest trees to hug me tight and make me feel safe again and that kind bus driver on the daily commute, smiling at me even though he does not know me.
“Ireland I really wanna complain to you about the people my parents voted for, to protect me in any land and under any sky, and have failed to bring me back to you.
“Now I understand that you were not crying this rain with me but you were crying because of what the world holds for me
“One final wish, I beg from if I die away from you take me back from them to be buried in your soil and feel your goodbye tears."