There was joy last month at the news that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman serving a 5-year jail sentence in Iran, had been freed.

But this joy turned to sadness when, three days later, she was returned to jail, to the great distress of her 4-year old daughter Gabriella.

The 13-year old  granddaughter of one of our Canterbury Amnesty members has written this beautiful poem, which is being sent to Nazanin’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe as a message of solidarity:

Dear Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

You were born thinking your life would be a dream not a nightmare,
Born thinking your life would be beautiful not hard to bear,
Born thinking your life would be  full of family and friends,
Born thinking life won’t take them all away again.

You are trapped
Suffocated by injustice
And locked away.
They don’t listen to what you have to say
And when the bars move in
Your daughter’s life is just starting to begin.

You are deteriorating
While your family is waiting.
Can’t open the rusty lock.
You were on holiday
Now just want to run away.

You have no wings,
You are like a puppet controlled by strings.
We hope the power will fade
Destroying the unfair world people have made

Full of inequality and no sense of morality.
They may hide but they can’t shy away from their brutality.
Your scars and wounds won’t just disappear,
You shouldn’t wipe away your salty tears.

We hope and pray for your release
So you can feel freedom and peace
Like me.

From Rosa


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