Western Sahara: A Tribute to a Hero

Occidental – Sada Assahra al -Gharbiya [ar] has posted a poem entitled “Another Poem from the Occupied Territory: My Hero!”

استتشهد لانه بطل
للانه ما ارادالاستعمار
وكان يحمل فكر وافكار
نعم اغتيل عزيز الدار
واصبح الان في قائمة شهدائنا الابرار
اطفئ نوره لكن بقيت انوار
وعدت بان تكمل المشوار
وتصبر صبر كباار
بان تغسل الذل والعار
وعدت بان تتماسك وان لا تنهار
فقط من اجلك اايها البطل االمغوار
ومن ااجل انصارنا الثوار

He was martyred because he is a hero
Because he didn't want occupation
He carried thought and ideas
He was assassinated, our dear one
And is now on the list of our martyrs
His light has been switched off but there are other lights
You promise to complete the journey
And have patience like the elderly
And to wash the humiliation and shame
You promised to hold yourself together and not fall apart

Just for you our hero
And for our supporters, the revolutionaries.


  • Thanks for the translation, Jillian. Any idea who the hero is?

  • Nope, not at all. That’s actually why I posted it – I liked the ambiguity!

  • Zaki

    Nameless hero? What’s the use? May be there is no hero afterall, just some individual who wishes there was a hero…
    you like Ambiguity??? Ambiguity refers to an enigma and a puzzle. Go search for his hero’s name before he becomes a myth.

  • Thank you Jillian for the translation but it sound more poetic in arabic eventhough thank you for the effort,could you figure it out?
    the hero that the verses describ is the founder of the front Polisario who was martyred in 1976 in Mauritania by the french forces after they reached the Mauritanian capital Nouagchot he is a real hero for us as Sahrawis and also a hero for all the free people all over the world he is EL WALI MOSTAPHA SAID

  • Mohamed,

    I should have mentioned that Amira al Hussaini worked on the translation (though I can read it in Arabic, and it certainly does have a better ring to it!)

    Thank you for clarifying who the poem is about!

  • This poem isn’t new on Internet. It has been done since many years.
    Jillian, did you know that the poem was about one of the founders of Polisario? did you know that before posting it on GV?


    Ahmed Salem

  • Ahmed Salem,

    No, I was not aware that the poem was popular prior to this posting, nor did I know who it was about. The way the poem was posted by the blogger made it appear that he wrote it. Unfortunately, many bloggers cut and paste others’ work without considering copyright and attribution.


  • Thanks Jillian.

    My advice is to be aware of subliminal propaganda of polisario supporters with subliminal messages. I wish you see what I mean.

    All the best

    Ahmed Salem

  • That coming from a guy who links to CORCAS as his website…? :-)

    More poetry translations, please, whoever wrote it and why.

  • alle, I am proud to link to CORCAS websites.
    CORCAS is more concrete and more helpfull to the sahraouis in Western Sahara than the polisario leaders and his supporters.
    Thanks to CORCAS many economical/social issues were happy ended :
    1. Liberation of prisonners of 2005 strikes.
    2. Pensions of the workers in Phosphates field
    3. Disappearance of slums in Laayoune city (soon across the region)
    4. Health program investment for 2008-2012

    Besides the statute of the spokesman of the kingdom of Morocco in Manhasset talks.

    More to read about hassani poetry from Western Sahara :

    More to see (poetry evenin parties) :

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