"We know and we see you": poetry champion returns home to Darfur

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Emtithal Mahmoud at the UNAMID radio studio. Photo: Setyo Budi/UNAMID

Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud writes poetry to draw attention to the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan, as well as the global refugee crisis.

The Sudanese poet, who currently lives in the United States, recently visited El Fasher, Darfur.

Brought up in the region – which has suffered years of conflict – she left Sudan as a toddler for Yemen, and reached the United States in 1998.

Emi first discovered slam poetry while attending Yale University, and holds two world championship titles for her work, which expresses her love and connection to Sudan and its people.

To mark the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR's announcement of the one-millionth South Sudanese refugee entering Uganda in August this year, Emi wrote the poem 'Head over Heels.'

Adam Ahmed is with the joint African Union-UN Mission in Darfur, UNAMID.

He spoke with Emi about her love of the art, and the meaning behind her latest work.

Duration: 4'59"

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