Swimming in the Desert:The Uncensored Poetry of a Saudi Social Activist

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This volume of poetry is essentially the everyday thoughts of a young Saudi Muslim female. It captures her struggle to cope with her surroundings and the emotional weakness in each human being that is manifested in the form of love, hope, and vision, coupled with a sense of confusion, despair, and enmity. Her political culture differs from those around her; her liberal, utopian mindset is adjusting to the realism of the world as she attempts to swim in a dry desert. For, she is from land that is surrounded by turmoil. She adheres to a religion whose people are antagonized. She lives in a world of wealth where still millions are dying of malnutrition. Yet, her liberal voice surfaces, and her verses echo within the chambers of her mind. Explore her thoughts and study her anatomy by reading Swimming in the Desert, and you will tap into her motivation as a social activist; her pensive thoughts on identity, childhood, and sentiment; her feelings about love and romance; and, more important, her views on her culture, the current global turmoil, and this era’s morality. Delve into a world of universal thoughts through an endless journey of exploration.

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Lama Feher AlGhalib, a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend, has been writing poetry since she was nine years old and lived in Virginia in the United States. Upon moving back to her hometown of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at the age of eleven, she led the volunteer-based life of a social activist. From lending a hand to hospitals, nurseries, and charity organizations to organizing fund-raising events and awareness programs, her life has been about adopting causes and fighting for them. Beginning at the age of seventeen, she was selected as a youth representative of Saudi Arabia in the Two Kingdoms Conference in London, England; the Sixty-Third UN General Assembly Conference in New York, USA; the World Economic Forum in Amman, Jordan; the Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue Center in Vienna, Austria; and so on. This has made her feel like a global citizen and has also made her more aware of the many similar societal problems that every country faces. Poetry is one of Lama’s methods to have her voice be heard, but her true goal is to build bridges with social enterprises across the world that can unite in the name of poverty abolishment, education, women’s empowerment, and youth empowerment. She graduated with a BS in management information systems from Dar Al-Hekma University, and she earned a diploma in international relations and diplomacy from Tufts University. Her first volume of poetry was published in 2006. She is the founder and manager of Shababuna Awareness Program and Forum, which focuses on youth empowerment through awareness. They are a group of 100 youth in six cities who organize awareness campaigns, summer programs and a yearly youth awareness forum in conjunction with the Governorate of Makkah Province.

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