Political prisoner Soada Khadirzadeh and her baby girl are in dire health
Political prisoner Soada Khadirzadeh and her baby girl are in dire health conditions in the Central Prison of Urmia.
Soada Khadirzadeh has suffered bleeding in recent days and is in dire health. However, the Central Prison of Urmia authorities have not transferred her to any medical center.
Soada Khadirzadeh was returned to prison only 10 hours after she underwent a C-section to deliver her baby girl less than 40 days ago.
Her daughter, Ala, suffers from an unknown allergy and severe diarrhea due to the high heat and the lack of air conditioning facilities inside the women’s ward.
The direct responsibility for the lives and health of Soada Khadirzadeh and her baby girl lies with the prosecutor and authorities of the Central Prison of Urmia.
Soada Khadirzadeh spent eight months of her pregnancy in prison.
Soada cannot breastfeed her little girl because prison authorities do not provide her with proper nutrition, especially in the post-pregnancy period. She also experienced various psychological pressures in prison and under interrogation. Her only other option is to feed Ala with milk powder, which can put Ala’s health at serious risk.
Soada Khadirzadeh is receiving help from another female prisoner who, like her, is raising her infant inside prison.
The lives of Soada Khadirzadeh and her baby girl are in danger.
Who is Soada Khadirzadeh?
Political prisoner Soada Khadirzadeh, 32, from Piranshahr, was married with two children. She was one month pregnant at the time of her arrest. Security forces arrested her on October 14, 2021. The reasons for her arrest and charges against her are not known. On November 8, 2021, she was transferred from the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Detention Center to the Central Prison of Urmia. During her detention, she was denied visitation with her family and access to an attorney.
She was on hunger strike from April 26 to May 7 to protest the ambiguous condition she was left in for seven months in Urmia Prison. She ended her hunger strike after 11 days when she was promised a transfer to a medical facility by the prison authorities or that she would be released on bail. On the eighth day of her strike, she fainted in the central hall of Urmia Prison due to starvation.
She then published an audio file revealing that she was being held as a hostage in prison and that the prison authorities had threatened her to obtain a forced confession.
In early June, one medical practitioner said that Soada should be transferred to the hospital immediately. The prison authorities did not allow her transfer and the pregnant prisoner remained deprived of medical care throughout June.