Hey there everybody! Today I am back with another spoken word poem – this time about Islamophobia, a huge issue in our modern day society.
During my Words That Burn project, combining poetry with human rights, I was looking at the topic of Dignity and instances where it has been denied or abused. For this we had to look at one of Amnesty International’s case files which was SO interesting, it’s like a sneak peek at the way this amazing organisation works.
I read the story of Hanane Yakoubi, a pregnant Muslim woman who was traveling on a London bus when she was targeted by an extremely Islamophobic verbal attack by another woman. She was continuously abused and threatened by this fellow passenger, who was a young Mother herself, her child (in a pram) actually witnessing this behaviour! No one actually intervened, but the scene was filmed by a witness. After being posted online, the video went viral and the attacker handed herself in. She faced various charges.
Honestly this sort of thing makes me feel sick, how can people be so ignorant and cruel? I had to channel my feelings into something and spoken word proved to be perfect. What you see below is a part of the video with my poem from the POV for Hanane narrated over the top.
*Trigger warning – footage of verbal abuse and mild language* Enjoy and, as always, any feedback appreciated! Also, here’s a suggestion – I would watch/listen to it twice. Once so you can focus on the video and once so you can listen to the poem properly.
If you want to watch the full original footage, please click here.
I’m really hoping this will spark a discussion between you guys! Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions and to interact in the comments! This is a totally discussion-friendly zone!