The words “I hope” and “they” were written by an Iraqi man, and his final words were not about what to do in the next moment.
He was just saying, “I love you”.
For this man, it was a last moment of defiance and hope.
“I hope I die,” the man said, as he lay in a hospital bed.
“A lot will die,” he continued.
“I am not a coward.
I am a fighter.”
His words echo a sentiment echoed across Saudi Arabia as the kingdom’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud continues to push the country’s conservative Wahhabi ideology, which has sparked widespread protests in recent years.
As a result of the countrys crackdown, more than 2,000 people have been killed in the past three years.
Saudi Arabia’s leaders have condemned the protests as an attack on religious freedom.
But the Saudi kingdom is also facing the threat of an Iranian-backed insurgency.
On Monday, a suicide bomber killed at least 25 people at a mosque in the capital Riyadh, Saudi security officials said.