a different man
i’ll bear no grudge against the earth
i’ll bear no grudge against the sea
i’ll bear no grudge against the forest
i’ll bear no grudge against you
i’ll pile up mounds of joy within my heart
i’ll pile up mounds of exultation in my heart
i’ll pile up mounds of jubilation in my heart
i will have overcome you
which have no name
i will have
a different man
all i will have left is you
dark shadow of death
In conjunction with PEN International, YorkPEN would like to bring to the forefront of our campaigns, the case of writer, historian and president of the National Association of Cameroonian Writers – Dieudonné Enoh Meyomesse.
After a year in prison prior to his sentence, Enoh Meyomesse has finally been sentenced to seven years in prison. His sentence is an alleged “complicity in the theft and illegal sale of gold” which PEN believe is politically motivated and are calling for the Cameroonian authorities to quash the sentence and to restore Enoh Meyomesse immediately and unconditionally to his normal life.
We have also been informed that not only is Enoh Meyomesse allegedly wrongfully imprisoned, but that his right to free speech has been revoked, with his current literary works confiscated and use of the prison’s computer room prohibited. To read some of his past work, like the one above, please follow this link: http://www.englishpen.org/a-world-of-poets-enoh-meyomesse/
YorkPEN implore you to take action to help restore writing facilities to Enoh Meyomesse and to campaign for his release.
Ways to help:
1) You can write a letter to the prison administrator in protest of Enoh Meyomesse’s treatment and imprisonment. Follow this link for help and inspiration for the content of your letter and the address to send it to: http://www.englishpen.org/cameroon-author-enoh-meyomesse-prevented-from-writing-in-prison/
2) Send a letter of support to Enoh Meyomesse. Email email@example.com and we will forward on your message to him.
3) Write to the Cameroon High Commissioner to appeal for Enoh Meyomesse’s liberty, or you can fill out the sample letter. For all this information, follow this link: http://www.englishpen.org/a-world-of-poets-enoh-meyomesse/
To keep helping:
- If you are a student of the University of York, you can join our society and come to our meetings – Tuesdays at 6.15 at the Deramore Arms. For any information, just email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Join English PEN and receive their updates on other international cases and opportunities to help: http://www.englishpen.org
- Can you translate French-English? We’re looking for translators for Meyomesse’s work, to be published online. Do get in touch!