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Ebreel (April) Elmankoub

Mohammed Eljahmi, in 1947, wrote the following poem after the end of World War II. It was written to encourage the Libyan people to take a united stand and to call for the Independence of Libya from the Italian dictatorship. No one knew at that time what was in store for Libya.

Incidentally, April is also marked as a black month in the recent Libyan history. It is the month that witnessed the killings and hangings of many Libyan students and average citizens. The Libyan government may forget what it did but we will never forget those of us who were murdered and killed in Ramadan and the others who were hanged at their universities or their place of birth and residence.

The following is a tribute to those who lost their lives defending the honor of Libya and defying Gaddafi's rotten policies.

The first Bait by Eljahmi has inspired a contemporary Libyan poet to write about the month of April and what it means to the Libyan people.

Eljahmi:
The other poet:
Today denotes the first of April, and I am asking: fekomsh min 'aaref behaal bladah?

Huda

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