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Raja Shehadeh

Kirsty Young talks to Palestinian lawyer and writer Raja Shehadeh, founder of the human rights organisation Al-Haq.

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is the Palestinian author and human rights activist, Raja Shehadeh.

Born in Ramallah in the West Bank, his life and writing has been dominated by displacement, struggle and a search for justice. His father was murdered in 1985 and aside from chronicling the unhappy history of his family and his homeland, he's also co-founded the Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq - which monitors and documents violations by all sides in the Middle East conflict, publishing reports and detailed legal analysis on its findings.

Amid the heavy weight of his work he somehow finds time to nurture a glorious garden growing grapevines and pomegranates.

He says of his work, "When you write your thoughts and feelings and emotions ... then you can move on to new ones. Otherwise, they will keep rotating in your mind and you will go in circles".

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Fri 20 Jun 2014 09:00

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Raja Shehadeh
Producer Cathy Drysdale

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