Sunday, April 29, 2007

Perspective: A Saudi mother becomes an international activist

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA The poems come quickly and in the middle of the night. They are desperate words for the son that Luluwa al Dakheel hasn't seen in nearly six years.

Her henna-stained hands trembled as she read a verse she wrote one recent night when she was crying too hard to sleep:

"My longing for him shakes my heart and wets my eyes

"Will my wishes reach the faraway lands where Fahd is confined?"

"I'm no poet," Dakheel said, "but prison and misery made me write."

The prison is the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where her son, Fahd al Fawzan, 23, has been held for the past five years.

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