Your Middle East
Last updated: September 1, 2014

Maryam Al Khawaja has been arrested in Bahrain. Watch her read this emotional poem. (VIDEO)

Banner Icon When Your Middle East met Maryam for an interview in 2012, she read us this poem. We filmed every second of it.

Imagine reading a detailed report about how your father was sexually tortured and brutally beaten. Prominent human rights activist Maryam Al Khawaja has experienced just that. Her father, the famous Bahraini activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja, is serving a life sentence in Bahrain and recently went on hunger strike.

Maryam, co-director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, last week decided to return from exile in Denmark to see her father, but was arrested by authorities on her arrival at the Gulf state's airport. She is now facing charges for insulting the king, assaulting police officers, and for her involvement in the campaign Wanted For Justice.

Your Middle East met Maryam in 2012. In the video clip above, she reads us her poem "Live Interview", which is both heartbreaking to watch in light of recent events, but also strikingly reminiscent of current developments across the whole MENA region.

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