This is poet Emtithal Mahmoud’s third time being featured on this blog. This time Mahmoud comes to us via TED Talks, with two poignant, probing, beautiful works, weaving a vivid verse of her journey through the genocide of Darfur, a region of Sudan, where starting in 2003, in response to attacking rebel groups, the Sudanese government carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Darfur’s non-Arab population. Mahmoud’s stirring prose escorts us to the edge of war, and has us gaze over a deafening picture. She then leads us gently, away from the fires, in a second piece, that highlights her resilience and bravery, and opens the door to a pathway of joy, family, and overall, love.
A stark reminder of how important it is for countries to open their gates to refugees and people fleeing conflict. I hope we will continue to see work and hear Emtithal Mahmoud’s words for years to come.