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Jailed Al-Jazeera journalist: I hope to be released by my birthday

Abdullah AlShamy, one of the jailed Al-Jazeera reporters, wrote from his prison that he wishes to be reunited with family by his birthday on the 5th of May.


Alshamy is entering the 95th day of his hunger strike, and the 260th day of detention.

In his letter, Alshamy shed light on his life in prison, saying that he spends most of his time in his cell or with some fellow prisoners.

Alshamy said that prison life is no different from life outside in Egypt where injustice prevails. The prison authorities discriminate between criminal and political prisoners, he said. "There is no equality in treating prisoners," he pointed out.

However, "there is equality in one thing: injustice" he said.

"I am persistent by nature, and I insist to achieve my goals. I will continue to be so until I gain my freedom," Alshamy said.

He added that sometimes prison officials show sympathy towards him and try to convince him that they are not responsible for his fate.

"I am neither a number in your records, nor a fabricated story you publish to conceal truth… I have a will… and I will overcome the obstacles," he stressed.

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