Editor's Note: On September 22, 2017, Sarah Hegazi attended a concert for Mashrou' Leila whose lead singer, Hamed Sinno, is openly gay. She was arrested along with a group of others for waving a rainbow flag in support of LGBT rights. Her arrest coincided with Egypt's zero-tolerance crackdown response to end public support for LGBT rights in the country. She recalled being jailed, beaten, and abused by inmates.
Sarah (Zarah) was granted asylum in Canada but lived with the PTSD from her experience.
“To my siblings,
I tried to survive and I failed, forgive me.
To my friends,
The experience was cruel and I’m too weak
to resist it, forgive me.
To the world,
You were awfully cruel, but I forgive.”
This is the last note left behind by Zarah Hijazi, an Egyptian LGBTQ rights activist who committed suicide last week in Canada. She was raped and tortured in the prison by the US-backed Sisi government for her...