Poem read by the author himself, Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa. The poem in Afaan Oromo, the language of the Oromo people in Ethiopia, tells about life in exile. Caalaa Hayiluu Abaataa was jailed and tortured in Maekelawi, the notorious police station in Ethiopia, for writing poetry about the Oromo people who suffers oppression by the Ethiopian government. He now lives in exile in Sweden. Read his story here.
The reading is filmed during Poesi på liv och död – exilen den verkliga utmaningen (Poetry on life and death – With the exile as the real challenge), an event by Stockholm University. May 10, 2016 at Fanfaren Kultur Farsta, Stockholm, Sweden. To watch a full video from the event, click here.
Video by Untold Stories / Melody Sundberg.
To watch on YouTube, click here.