Emtithal Mahmoud is a poet and activist from Darfur, Sudan. She moved to the US in 1998 with her family but returned to Sudan at the age of seven where her parents took part in protests after the government stopped paying teachers. During this experience, she remembers hiding under the bed in fear but also gained a value for education. She discovered spoken word poetry on a scholarship at Yale University.
Since high school, Mahmoud has traveled the world as a poet-activist advocating for the attention of the violence in Darfur and even appeared on BBC’s 100 Women list of “the most inspirational women across the world in 2015.”
Check out how storytelling in poetry can touch your heart and compel you to action in this powerful TED Talk by Emtithal Mahmoud.
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