Egypt’s political activists came up with a creative way to support and lift morales of those detained for political views in the country.
As a moral support, political ex-prisoners and activists meet secretly in the capital of Egypt, Cairo, to do origami pieces for current political prisoners.
The pieces done are sent to prisoners during visits by their families.
The creative initiative aims to highlight the unjust imprisonment, human rights issues and freedom of expression violations in Egypt.
Human Rights Watch claims that ‘under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egyptian police and National Security agents have routinely used torture and enforced disappearances against both criminal suspects and perceived political opponents with near impunity.’
According to human rights groups there are over 60,000 political prisoners in Egypt.
Political detentions have especially intensified after the Arab Spring Revolution in 2011, that took down president Hosni Mubarak.
Therefore many refer to a current generation of Egyptians as ‘Generation Jail’.
Origami is a Japanese art of folding coloured papers to take the shape of rabbits, butterflies, hearts and others.
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Posted by Origami in Egypt on Sonntag, 16. April 2017
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