Apr 10 • 36M

Forgotten Prisoners, Writing for Freedom - Egypt🇪🇬

Jailed in Egypt during a mass arrest, 17 year-old Abdelrahman Elgendy faces 15 years in prison. To cope, he studies and begins writing as a form of resistance - creating counter narratives.

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Evan Mawarire
Each week, political dissidents from around the world sit down with Zimbabwean democracy activist Evan Mawarire to share stories about their struggles on the frontlines of freedom.
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Abdelrahman Elgendy’s mother was against him going to the protest but he insisted he just wanted to watch. His father decided to go with him to keep him out of trouble. Then the unthinkable happened - both were arrested. Inside Prison Gendy, his dad and hundreds of other prisoners were subjected to inhumane treatment and living conditions and that is what sparks Gendy’s passion for writing what he sees and experiences daily. “What happens to the untold stories, the ones that no one ever sees or hears?” He asks. Heart rending and awe inspiring, this humble young man’s resilience will move you to want to do more. Spoiler alert - his eventual release is as unbelievable as his arrest - buckle up.