2015-10-30 08:22

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr (sentenced to hanging and crucifixion)

For months I have been dealing with something I have not been able to file away in the trash can of my mind, each day gets harder and harder, I am depressed and my days are not the same anymore.

I can't not look at this photograph. Possible one of the first things I do in the mornings.

I drag myself to attend to my normal daily activities. I have a heavy heart, I am helpless. I have written emails that have bounced back undelivered.

It slips my mind for a good while. But it returns again.

How is it possible that a young man would be deemed a dead man walking at the age of 21. In this age. The cruelest form of all punishments is not that there is capital punishment in parts of our world but the living with knowing you will be killed, the wait, sometimes years of waiting.

It could happen today, that Ali will be publicly beheaded and his dead body crucified afterwards and left to fester out in the open for three days to be seen by anyone. Guillotine first, then a headless body nailed to a pole, both are punishment ordered by a judge.

This could be my son.

'If I die I've had a happy life', a message Ali has sent to the world from inside prison. As we hear him, remember too another 21 year old who when given a chance to say his last words said; 'Tell my people I love them'.

Ali Mohammed al-Nimr was arrested for participating in protest in Qatif in 2012 aged 17.

He was charged with attending the protests; Teaching and assisting with first aid to protestors; Using his Blackberry phone to encourage his high school mates to join the protests;

Possessing a gun (an allegation strongly denied by his friends and family).

Ali was a typical boy, a high school student when he was arrested for taking part in a pro-democracy rally in Qatif, Saudi Arabia.

These are a definite no no in Saudi and police respond with live fire.

I have a message for South Africa's youth. As you remember Solomon Mahlangu in struggle song and renaming of your institutions hall after him, remember Ali. Like Solomon, Ali will be hanged. Like Solomon, he will be hanged at his sweet 21.

Young people's struggles must be internationalized to be a success. Remember, many South African youths in the medical fields work in Saudi Arabia as we speak.

Demand the reprieve and release of Ali. Make his as huge as the Mandela Release campaign. This shouldn't be.

No child must again be made an example of through such brutality. No child must be sentenced to hanging. Peaceful protest must be internationally protected.

As we march to the Union Buildings, let's add on our various demands that Ali must be released to his parents.

Remember Ali Mohammed al-Nimr.


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