A message from Kareem Amer to his global supporters:
Throughout the gloominess of the prison walls, there was also a lustrous ray of hope of those who were by my side; expressing solidarity with me and supporting me during my ordeal. Whether they shared the same views with me or not, they all believed in the cause: Freedom of speech for all, regardless differences and orientations. I really can’t thank them enough!
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! I wish for you the best in your lives and careers. I owe you all a big debt of gratitude, which I’ll keep eternally, and never forget the noble and genuine support I’ve received.
I’d like to deeply thank some of the unknown soldiers, who gave all they had to support me through the hard times. This is less than what they truly deserve, and even the least thing I can do for them in return.
Those unknown soldiers are, in no specific order and please forgive me if I forgot anyone because I’m overwhelmed at the moment, Shahinaz Abdel Salam, the brave activist and blogger who visited me many times in the prison but was blocked afterwards like many others, Dalia Ziada, my dear friend who has done her best supporting me although her letters were blocked also, Esra’a Al Shafei, the Bahraini activist and blogger, and the director and founder of FreeKareem.org, and especially to all the editors of FreeKareem.org.
Those, and many others, have endured extraordinary efforts for me, and they’ve succeeded in spreading my voice worldwide.
To all of them; I’m grateful, and I’ll never forget your favour for the rest of my life.
27th of November 2010
Update: Below is a message from Shahinaz Abdel Salam, without whose support, the Free Kareem Campaign would not have been what it is today.
To all supporters,
Your letters to Kareem were giving him hope, and making him feel that he was far from alone in the desert prison of Borg Al Arab. Your constant support and demonstrations in front of Egyptian Embassies worldwide protected Kareem, and made those thugs of the Mubarak regime realize that the world stood by him, and that he was never alone. In my letters to Kareem, and during all of my visits, I have always mentioned to him your support and all the efforts that you made for this important cause.
Thank you all!
Shahinaz Abdel Salam
Activist & Blogger
P.S. The original Arabic letter of Kareem Amer can be found here.
* Photographed by Marwa Rakha.