I came across this and decided to glance at it during my morning internet routine — you know, the daily routine of websites you visit before you actually start doing work on your computer?
Needless to say, I felt ashamed to be enjoying such a luxurious idea of work after reading this man’s story. Its easy for Americans to forget about how scarce jobs are in other countries and how poor working conditions can be, and this man’s story struck me right away.
Then I got to the hunger striking and force-feeding and I felt like I had to pass this on in the blog.
This neatly — if horrifyingly — addresses the way that bodies and politics overlap, how bodies become political objects (quote: “I am a human being, not a passport”).
At the same time, it viscerally puts pressure on how easily prisoners and victims turn into spectacles and stories in our consciousness, and how quickly we forget about their plight when they do.
No person should be treated thusly.
A sobering morning, thanks and apologies to Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, and thanks to the New York Times for the relaying the message to us.