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Abdelrahman ElGendy

Abdelrahman ElGendy

Abdelrahman ElGendy is a former political prisoner in Egypt who spent more than six years behind bars, from Oct. 6, 2013, until his release on Jan. 13, 2020. He was arrested at 17, and left prison at 24. While in prison, he earned a mechanical engineering degree from Ain Shams University. In prison, his smuggled writings were published online, and he has continued to write for several platforms since his release.

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When I Spent Six Years Behind Bars, a Smuggled T-shirt Took on Deeper Meaning

When I Spent Six Years Behind Bars, a Smuggled T-shirt Took on Deeper Meaning

In prison, one is not just broken by torture, beatings and violent treatment. It is the continuous, systemic and unrelenting dehumanization that wrecks you in the end.

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