October 3 marks the 58th anniversary of Batyr Berdyev, former diplomat and Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan. Batyr Berdyev is a victim of enforced disappearances. He disappeared in January 2003 after a closed and unfair trial. Prove They Are Alive! published a collection of poems written by Batyr Berdyev early in his prison term.
Poet and translator James Womack, who finalized the translation of Batyr’s poems into English, congratulates Berdyev on his birthday.