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Published on Jan 12, 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).
We now get to see and hear more from some of the participants. This video clip which is no 7/10 is featuring Swedish actress Sofia Helin as she is portraying her feelings about Dawit Isaak's fate.
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.
The silence and the feeling of emptiness.
The heat… in the middle of nowhere.
The African sun luxuriating on the roof every single day all day long.
The smell of unwashed body and that which the body leaves after it.
The basic needs totally blocked off and the loneliness…
The body that never is being caressed by tender hands and skin longing after intimacy.
The cold nights and the sounds of animals who smell the scent of human.