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Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti dies, aged 76

Barghouti was known as strong advocate for Palestinian cause

Palestinian poet and writerMourid Barghouti has died aged 76. 
Palestinian poet and writerMourid Barghouti has died aged 76. 

Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti, known for his strong opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, died on Sunday at the age of 76.

Barghouti was born in Ramallah on the West Bank in 1944.

He moved to Cairo in 1963 to study English literature at Cairo University and graduated in 1967.

Barghouti found himself homeless and stateless after the Arab-Israeli War of 1967.

A winding road of exile took him through Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and for many years Budapest, before his return to Cairo.

Barghouti's return to Ramallah inspired his autobiographical novel Ra'aytu Ram Allah (I Saw Ramallah), which was later translated to English by his late wife, Egyptian novelist Rawda Ashour.

His memoir of loss and displacement is globally acknowledged as a classic journey seen through the mind of the homeless.

Updated: February 15, 2021 12:33 AM

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