We know what it’s like to be separated from your child. Nazanin is being held in Iran on spurious charges, and Britain must step up and protect its citizen
Our children may be 15 years apart in age, but any mother will tell you that anxiety and paranoia about your child never stop. Even in the middle of filming a Hollywood movie or questioning the prime minister, in the back of our heads we’re wondering whether our daughters have worn their gloves on this cold day, or whether they have eaten a full meal at school.
That is one reason why the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – a British citizen who is imprisoned in Iran – resonates so strongly with us. It’s not just that she’s been imprisoned for 19 months on spurious charges, held in solitary confinement and denied medical access and legal advice. It’s also that she’s been separated from her three-year-old daughter, Gabriella, for more than a year and a half. That’s more than half of that little girl’s life.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a 38-year-old Iranian-British dual national who has been jailed in Iran since April 2016. She has been accused of attempting to orchestrate a “soft overthrow” of the Islamic Republic. She and her three-year-old daughter, Gabriella, were about to return to the UK from Iran after a family visit when she was arrested. Since then, she has spent most of her time in Evin prison in Tehran, separated from her daughter.