Ali and Kiana, the 8-year old twin children of activist Narges Mohammadi, left Iran on July 17th while their mother remains behind bars. They have gone to live with their father in France.
Narges Mohammadi has written a letter describing the harassment she has endured in prison. She has compared the hard difficulties of being separated from her children to the mother of Moses leaving her son to the care of the Nile.
Mohammadi wrote: “The Center of Human Rights Advocates was closed down in January 2009. The Ministry of Intelligence specifically said I must resign from the Center and the National Council of Peace, and threatened to start ‘restrictions’ if I do not comply. They also summoned my 75-year old father.”
She went on writing: “The entire time that I was in ward 209, they neither allowed me to phone my children nor see them. Being deprived of seeing my loved ones was very much like losing everything. I kept on repeating the interrogator’s sentence: ‘You will be under more restrictions’. However, what they did with women and especially mothers in these cells were not just ‘restrictions’, they were crimes.”
(Deutsche Welle website – July 20, 2015)