LGBTQ activist Sarah Hegazi has committed suicide in Canada where she was living in exile.
“To my siblings – I tried to find redemption and failed, forgive me. To my friends – the experience was harsh and I am too weak to resist it, forgive me. To the world – you were cruel to a great extent, but I forgive,” she wrote in her final letter, MEMO reports.
In 2017, Hegazi was arrested in Egypt, one week after she raised the rainbow flag at a concert.
Sarah was the only woman among some 56 others who were arrested in what was considered the largest crackdown against the country’s LGBTQ community in recent history.
Sarah was electrocuted in prison, forced to leave her job and eventually the country.
When she was released, she had severe post-traumatic stress disorder: “Prison killed me,” she said. “It destroyed me.” She had already attempted suicide once with an overdose and during her interview with NPR said she would try it again.