Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Daughter Back to SchoolPublished by Tirdad on October 7, 2019
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Tehran on espionage charges, and was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment, in 2016.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described the letter as “heart-breaking” and said Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s detainment was “unjustifiable and unacceptable”. Her five-year-old Gabriella – who has been living with her grandparents in Tehran – has visited her mother, Nazanin, at least once a week since her arrest.
Nazanin and her husband, Richard Ratcliffe, have decided to bring Gabriella back to the UK to start school. They have applied to the Iranian authorities for an exit visa for Gabriella, but they have not yet had a response.
In an open letter addressed to “the mothers of Iran”, Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe asked the Iranian authorities to free her so she can return to London with Gabriella. The letter was smuggled out of Evin prison and published online in Farsi and English.
Nazanin Zaghari-Rascliff has explained her situation on that open letter, on 2 October, and said: “It may be unthinkable for you to hug your daughter, but I have been struggling with it for over three years, and this is my worst torment”.
She continues: “As the UN confirmed, I was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment in an unjust court, and despite my innocence, begging them and crying, they forced me to spend three and a half years behind bars and kept me away from my child”.
She added: “What a bitter day to realize that there is infinite injustice that you have been jailed in your homeland and there is no way to be free”.
My country supports Syrian, Yemeni and Palestinian mothers, but despite being a mother away from her child in their land, ignores her suffering, and by watching her five-year-old child leave, makes her suffering even worse.