Betlehem Isaak's words to her father





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Published on Mar 1, 2015

Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak has been held in Eritrean prison since 2001 without trial. Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience and has called for his immediate and unconditional release. He is the only European citizen held as a prisoner of conscience.

In order to increase the urgency and awareness of Dawit Isaak´s case the Swedish NGO, Stödkommittén Free Dawit Isaak (Support Committee Free Dawit Isaak), has with help from actors, journalists and opinion leaders produced 10 unique reflections from them on the thought of being imprisoned. They all also participated in this year’s released music video "Fågelsång" (Bird Song).

This one-minute video is the last out of 10 and we see it Dawit Isaak's oldest daughter Betlehem sharing her words to her father who she hasn't seen since 2001.

No 1/10 was the Swedish journalist and author Martin Schibbye. No 2/10 featured a personal reflection by MEP Cecilia Wikström. No 3/10 features the Swedish actor Alexander Karim that shares some of his thoughts of being locked away in isolation. No 4/10 featured Swedish Actor Thorsten Flinck. No 5/10 featured actress Kajsa Ernst. No 6/10 we see Swedish actress Malin Arvidsson share with us her thoughts of not being able to see ones children when being deprived of liberty for such a long time as Dawit Isaak has been detained. No 7/10 actress Sofia Helin portrays her feelings about Dawit Isaak’s fate. In no 8/10 Swedish actor Stefan Sauk contemplates on Dawit’s situation. 9/10 features the poet & text writer Daniel Boyacioglu recites the verses from the song. He is the creator of the beautiful lyrics to “Bird Song”.


To the man who lived on Anders' street in Lerum:
I wish I dared to think about, how you had it more often.
Perhaps I would had it a little easier to understand certain things then.

I see you still like the tall black man with white teeth and delicate hands
who always wore a jacket, shirt and jeans.

Every day I think it's one day closer to your freedom - almost 14 years,
I have thought like that.

I count the days, and sometimes I've seen you come to me
on South Street in Gothenburg but every time been disappointed.
Damnit! He looks just like you, this man and every time I see him,
I think it's you so… hey you… we meet soon, huh?



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