3 years ago today: Popular uprising in Bahrain

Today marks the 3-year anniversary of the popular uprising in Bahrain, led by pro-democracy and human rights activists in the small Gulf Island Nation.

The uprising was brutally suppressed by the Saudi and U.S. backed Bahraini monarchy, a reality I became all-too-personally acquainted with during my 3 weeks in Bahrain during the summer of 2012, embedded with the activists who continued to find ways to nonviolently call for democracy and human rights.

To mark the three-year anniversary of uprising, I am re-posting here some of what I wrote during and about my time in Bahrain:

Women Join Bahrain’s Uprising

The Progressive, November, 2012

Terror and Teargas on the Streets of Bahrain
Tomdispatch.com, September 18, 2012

Bahrain Imprisons Human Rights Leader
The Progressive, August 17, 2012

Stitching Up Our Injured Children
Witness Bahrain, July 13, 2012

The Last Tweets Before Prison: Interview with Nabeel Rajab
Witness Bahrain, July 10th, 2012

Ali’s Unused Camera
Witness Bahrain, July 7, 2012

I join my voice with the Bahraini people in their call for self-determination, and I wish them continued Sumoud (or, endurance) in their pursuit of it.

In solidarity,

Jen Marlowe


The father of Ali Jawad al-Sheikh, sitting at the grave of his 14-year old son, killed by riot police in Bahrain.



Filed under Bahrain, Human Rights

2 responses to “3 years ago today: Popular uprising in Bahrain

  1. One of the things I appreciate most about your writing is the way you factually report an event, while at the same time “humanize” those involved. In this story the anguish of Ali’s mother is nearly palpable because of your succinct but vividly descriptive depictions of the mother-son relationship which continues to live on. Whether in Bahrain or Ferguson, MO, the suffering of those left behind is universal.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s