9 December 2017

Poesi av tidigare Tucholskypristagaren Faraj Bayraqdar tillägnad Samira al-Khalil


Svenska PEN publicerar en dikt av poeten och tidigare Tucholskypristagaren Faraj Bayraqdar tillägnad den syriska dissidenten och aktivisten Samira al-Khalil med anledning av att det idag är fyra år sedan hon kidnappades.

Den 9 december 2013 kidnappades Samira al-Khalil, tillsammans med Razan Zaitouneh, Nazem Hamadi och Wa’el Hamada. De fyra personerna befann sig på sitt kontor Violations Documentation Center, en organisation som dokumenterar övergrepp och registrerar antal döda i inbördeskriget i Syrien, då en grupp beväpnade män stormade in och förde bort dem.

Det finns inga uppgifter om var de hålls fångna, men sannolikt ligger en islamisk väpnad grupp bakom kidnappningen. Samira al-Khalil, är hustru till årets Tucholskypristagare, Yassin al-Haj Saleh.

 

Echoes

For Samira al-Khalil

 

Her voice descends lightly

On the steps of the dungeon, and she is still in pain

In the interrogation room

And I descend lightly

That blanket carried by two

Who go astray

Am I in it or is she?

Her weary voice is revived by what is in my body

My weary body is revived by what is in her voice

How is fire revived?

She was not a condition or a description

But I call her by many names

The echo has wings of that fluttering around me:

Samira....ra….Samira…ra, Samiraaa

A name does not confine its bearer if so desired

But the place

Confined in the torture rooms of Palestine Division

So did it confine her

Or those women or men, together

The plain of Duma, free, with eyelids defeated

Her voice comes

I see several doves

As if once upon a time.

I see several clouds

Her voice comes

As if, oh time, Syria, a dream and a people, will live

Oh time, she will live

 

Samira al-Khalil is a Syrian dissident and former political prisoner. She was detained for a period of four years, from 1987-1991, for opposing the Assad regime. On December 9, 2013, she was kidnapped by a militant, Islamist brigade in the city of Duma near Damascus. There are several indications that Jaysh al-Islam is responsible for her kidnapping along with three other activists, working in the Center for Documenting Violations in Syria.  They are Razan Zeituna, Wa’il Hammada, and Nadhim Hammadi.  Four years have passed since their kidnapping without any news.

 

By Faraj Bayraqdar

Translation by: Shareah Taleghani

 

Bild: Samira al-Khalil och Yassin al-Haj Saleh

Foto: privat