Palestinian Prisoner Anhar al-Deek Fears Giving Birth in Inhumane Conditions

The due date of a 25-year-old pregnant Palestinian prisoner, Anhar al-Deek, is approaching while she is trapped in an Israeli prison. In this context, she sends a moving message, describing her sufferings in captivity.

  • Anhar al-Deek with her husband and baby girl
    Anhar al-Deek with her husband and baby girl.

Anhar al-Deek, a 25-year-old Palestinian prisoner, is getting closer to giving birth in an Israeli prison, so she sent a moving message, in which she described her sufferings in captivity. In the message, she expressed her fears of giving birth in absolutely abnormal and inhumane conditions.

"What shall I do if I give birth while I’m away from you (her family)? I am handcuffed and you know how cesarean operations are [difficult enough] outside prison, so how [do you think it'll be] in prison, with me handcuffed and alone?" Anhar wrote.

Anhar, the mother of a baby girl named Julia, is in her ninth month of pregnancy, and she might go into labor at any moment. The female captive suffers from pregnancy-induced bipolar disorder, according to the Commission of Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners Affairs. The mother is in dire need of special medical attention and care, which of course is not available in the Israeli occupation's prisons.

The occupation forces had arrested the then four-month-pregnant Anhar from the town of Kafr Ni’ma, west of Ramallah, last March.

Anhar said during a meeting with the lawyer of the Detainees and Ex-Prisoners Affairs Commission that the prison is not in any way equipped for childbirth and child-rearing, considering its extremely bad conditions. She maintained that a child born under such conditions will end up with psychological disorders, as a result of the counting, inspections, and knocking on windows, not to mention emergency situations.

“We adults get scared, so how do you expect a child born and raised inside a prison to feel?”

The pain of captivity and pregnancy is not the only thing crushing Anhar’s body; “the pain of separation and longing is far more severe and harsher.” This came in the heartbreaking message she sent from Damon Prison yesterday, Wednesday, expressing her pain and fear of giving birth in prison.

In support of Anhar, activists tweeted under the hashtag #SaveAnharAlDeek, demanding human rights organizations to intervene in order to save her and her fetus.