London, Nazanin finally home: “She slept hugging her daughter”

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Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian citizen, was released yesterday after nearly six years of imprisonment in Iran where she was accused of subversive activities.

LONDON Gabriella slept between her father and her mother, Rebecca Ratcliffe recounts with her voice full of emotion the day after returning to Great Britain, after almost six years of imprisonment in Iran, of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffethe employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation reached in 2016 in Tehran by the accusation of subversive activities against the regime. In the night, at the military base of Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, the hugs, the tears, the almost incredulous looks. After the distance, the suffering, the dark days, here is hope first and finally reality: Nazanin frees. she came home.

To ensure the repatriation of the 43-year-old Anglo-Iranian mother of a seven-year-old girl, as well as Anoosheh Ashoori, 66-year-old engineer sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage in 2017the UK has pledged to pay off the debt of almost 400 million pounds which dated back to the 1970s, when Iran bought some tanks from Great Britain which, due to the revolution, had not been delivered. The money, it is learned, will be managed by a Swiss bank egwill be used for humanitarian activities in compliance with the terms of international sanctions against Iran.

Because the situation has unblocked just now, after six long years and in the midst of a war that is reshaping the international political balance, at the center of heated debates in Great Britain. Nazanin’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, has always claimed that his wife was a pawn in a chess game between the two governments. Liz Truss, Minister for Foreign Affairs, stressed that London has always fought to bring the woman home and said she was delighted to be able to reunite two extraordinary and courageous families, that of Nazanin and Anoosheh. The time will come to examine the political implications of the affair. Now the priority is the affections and rediscovering normalcy.

I can’t express how grateful I am to have Nazanin back with us, Ratcliffe explained overnight. Gabriella thought I was making fun of her when I told her Mom was coming back. Now we ask to be able to spend a few quiet days and to savor the little joys of everyday life: Nazanin has always told me that she hoped that one day I would be able to prepare her a cup of tea. Feelings enclosed in Gabriella’s joyful and incredulous cry last night in front of the figure of Nazanin on the scale of the arero: Mummy.

a day of enormous happiness and relief also for Antonio Zappulla, managing director of the Thomson Reuters foundation. Nobody can imagine what Nazanin has endured these six years in which she was denied her freedoms, separated from her husband and daughter, kept isolated from everyone and he fought against physical and mental illnesses. Against the backdrop of an extremely gloomy international situation, the liberation of Nazanin is a ray of light and hope.


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