Saharawi political prisoners on hunger strike threaten to enter “Dry Hunger strike”

According to information from the families of the 4 Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim izik group in hunger strike in Kenitra prison since the 9 March, Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, Abdallahi Lakfawni, El Bachir Boutanguiza and Mohamed Bourial will go on a dry hunger strike on Wednesday if none of their claims are accepted by the Moroccan authorities.

A dry hunger strike involves not eating any food or liquid.

“Dry” hunger strikes are rare. The body can not survive more than a few days without water, and death would occur in the first week in most cases.

According to the author of “First Do No Harm: Medical Ethics in International Humanitarian Law,” Sigrid Mehring: In medical terms, death by refusal to eat occurs in the event of a “dry hunger strike” (refusal of food and water) after about three to four days. The health risks increase when the striker was not in good health and already suffered from health problems. Read more

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Saharawi political prisoners 32 days on hunger strike

Sidi Abdallahi Abbahah, Abdallahi Lakfawni, El Bachir Boutanguiza and Mohamed Bourial, Sahrawi political prisoners of the Gdeim Izik Group, detained in Kenitra prison, Morocco, have been on hunger strike for 32 days demanding transfer nearer to their families and respect for their basic rights such as medical care.

Prolonged starvation can result in serious harm to a person’s body and mind. When there is a deficit in energy intake, the body consumes its own stocks to maintain blood glucose, its main fuel. The body will first use fat stocks. Then, the body will begin to use muscle and organ tissue to produce energy. Salt and vitamin deficiencies are also harmful for the body. During a hunger strike, in addition to weight loss, many other symptoms are common:

Sensation of hunger at the beginning then loss of appetite;
Apathy and irritability;
Headache, dizziness, difficulty getting up and moving, stroke;
Anxiety, sadness, insomnia, impaired concentration;
Abdominal pain, peptic ulcers, nausea, constipation (sometimes diarrhoea);
Very painful nephrolithiasis, renal failure;
Reduction of blood pressure and respiratory rates.
Neurological disorders: limb paralysis, blindness, coma;
Bloating, diarrhoea;
Drowsiness, neurological disorders;
Cardiac or lung disorders; Read more

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