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Will writers in the Middle East find their voice?

“I lost my voice in Libya,” Tammi Jarrett wrote. “I have recently gained it back.” Tammi lived in Libya before the country became today’s front-page news.

She wrote about her harrowing experiences in an abusive marriage and repressive context in an article, which won an award in the LittWorld writing competition. Her article, “Sermon in the Sahara,” formed the basis of a self-published book that Tammi is now reworking for a new edition.

“I had kept quiet about Libya and Qaddafi for many years for fear of retribution,” she explained. “Now I see his regime and terror possibly ending, so I am more willing to speak openly.”

Meanwhile, she prays for the safety of Libyan friends and thanks God that He used her “year-long entrapment in Libya” to draw her to a closer relationship with Himself.

When you read about the democratic movements taking place across the Middle East, doesn’t it make you hope that Christian writers in the region who “lost their voices” will find them? It could probably go either way, depending on what type of new governments take over.

“The voices that have dominated the Middle East for years are going silent as the wave of revolutions brings a new day,” writer friend Jon Hirst said. “In this void new voices will arise, but will they be voices of hope or despair? Many believers might just get the chance to speak out in their countries for the first time in their lives.”

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