Political prisoner, Maryam Akbari Monfared, imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin, sent out an open letter to protest officials’ lack of reaction to the hunger strike of her former inmates, Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee. She wrote in her letter:
I am reaching out from Evin Prison, from behind concrete walls to international organizations and human rights institutes to beseech everyone whose heart beats for humanity to hear the cries of the mothers of Golrokh (Iraee) and Atena (Daemi). The mothers’ hopes are tied to your assistance.
Everyone knows of the phrase “hunger strike.” But it is very different to hear of this phrase or to watch a human being who is on hunger strike suffer. They are under a flurry of pain and the body melts bit by bit. They have no other way but to continue their path. They get physically weaker everyday, but they become ever more determined with every passing day.