In a note addressed to Atena Faraghdani, Reyhaneh Jabbari’s mother wrote, “My daughter, when you wake up, laugh more than ever. Laugh at the status quo, laugh at the prison, laugh at the broken bathrooms and the cut-off water and the air suffocating you in the ward, laugh at the interrogations and agents and the torture, laugh at Judge Salavati (a regime judge), because nothing like your utter laughter will break the hardship of prison.
I knew you would be imprisoned because I know this justice system. But I didn’t know fate will one day place you in the cell that once get my daughter, Reyhaneh. Atena, my daughter, look for signs and belongings of your sister Reyhaneh. In your search you will become familiar with the hidden side of Iran. With the results of the existing violence, with grieving women; however harsh the conditions are there, make the best of this opportunity. Happy Birthday, Atena …”
Atenais in jail for publishing caricatures criticizing the government.