“I, who surrendered there beneath the cocoa trees/ where the elephant rots/ oh God in heaven…” Poem of the Week (November 18), by Enoh Meyomesse. Translated from French by Grace Hetherington.Read More
Enoh Meyomesse is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence in Cameroon, on charges that are widely believed to be politically motivated. Meyomesse is President of the Cameroonian Writers’ Association, and has published 15 books, including poetry and essays of history and culture. He tried to stand for President in Cameroon in 2011, but was barred by the authorities. He is in ill-health, and conditions in Kondengui Prison, where he is being held, are appalling, but he has repeatedly been denied appeal hearings on his case. PEN International, the worldwide writers’ organisation, is campaigning for Enoh Meyomesse’s release and raising awareness of his case to mark the global Day of the Imprisoned Writer, which was on 15 November.