In a resounding show of solidarity against censorship, repression, and oppression, an international event titled Global Poetry Night was held. The event, a collaborative effort between the French Pen Association and Baamaad- House of Poetry in Exile, served as a platform for poets from across the globe, including France, Canada, the USA, Bangladesh, India, Brazil, Argentina, Nepal, Holland, Japan, and Turkey. They voiced their protest in multiple languages, reading from the anthology "No Jail Can Confine Your Poem.."
Speaking out through Poetry
The anthology, previously published in French and Japanese by the Baamaad- House of Poetry in Exile, is a collection of poems that echo support for Afghan poets and critique the suppression of poetry and art. The poets recited works from this anthology, expressing solidarity with their Afghan counterparts. The event witnessed participation from the head of the French Pen Association, who staunchly condemned the ban on poetry and art in Afghanistan. He underscored the criticality of poetry as a symbol of freedom, arguing that the suppression of poetry equates to the suppression of freedom itself.
The Power of Poetry
Somaia Ramish, the founder of Baamaad- House of Poetry in Exile, emphasized the role of poetry as a potent voice of protest against oppression and injustice. She highlighted the struggles of Afghan women and urged poets worldwide to persist in their resistance against oppression, standing on the right side of history. The Japan Pen Association also extended its support to the protest movement, lauding the poets participating in this protest movement.
A Night of Endurance
The Global Poetry Night commenced at eight in the evening CET, enduring till six in the morning. More than seventy poets, including Afghans, participated in this poetic vigil, symbolizing the resistance of poetry against oppression till the 'dawn of freedom.'