Mahjoub Sharif (1948–2014)
A Homesick Sparrow
2 minutes, 31 seconds
Sudan’s “poet of the people,” Sharif was well known in the Arabic-speaking world both for his writing and for his political commitment. He was imprisoned for political reasons for the first time in 1971, and was detained many times throughout the following three decades. He composed this poem in prison in 1990 and disseminated it to others by repeating it aloud.
Recording © Family of Mahjoub Sharif.