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Day 85 #FreeNazanin – Candles in the Wind

Richard Ratcliffe
London, United Kingdom

Jun 27, 2016 — I mentioned last time – I have a new request. To do online or in person.

Tomorrow night we are having a candlelit vigil for Nazanin and Gabriella. We will be joined by the friends and relatives of other families in a similar situation – of Grandpa Kamal and other dual nationals held in Iranian jails. Nazanin’s and Gabriella’s story is not unique.

You are invited to join.

We are currently in the middle of Ramadan, the holy month in Islam, and a time to remember and show charity to those less fortunate. In Iran, many powerless prisoners are released during Ramadan and at its end.

The invitation of course is for people of all faiths – including a faith in humanity – to say a prayer or message of solidarity in your own way. These updates go out around the world to people from a variety of traditions and outlooks – who share their care in different ways. The past weeks have taught me much about the value of togetherness.

Physical vigils are being held in London, Cardiff, and at a number of local churches. The London vigil will be held just opposite Downing St (on the corner of Whitehall and Richmond Terrace, nearest tube Westminster). The Cardiff vigil will be in front of the Welsh Assembly in the Bay. Precise details of all other vigils will be put on the Free Nazanin Facebook page.

The vigils will be at 9-11pm. We will have some candles – but if you can, please also bring your own.

The majority of you walking alongside us in this journey will of course not able to be there in person. But I wondered if you might be there in spirit – or more specifically online?

For those of you too far away for a late night vigil, or with your own children to keep safe, we are running an online candle campaign for the next 10 days - until the end of Ramadan and its following Eid celebrations.

We would like you to take a picture of the candle you have lit in your front room, or wherever else you may be. Please post them to @FreeNazanin on Instagram and Twitter, or posting your images to our Facebook page – either the "Visitor Posts" section of the Free Nazanin Facebook Page or "comments" section of our Facebook Candlelight Vigil Event Page. For all of these posts, we'd be grateful if you could use the following hashtags: #CandlesForFreedom; #BringThemHome; #FreeNazanin; #FreeKamalForoughi

When we started this journey together, Nazanin was in solitary confinement too weak to be able to stand. Since you joined, good things have happened: Nazanin had her first family visit, and was moved out of solitary confinement. She has been moved from Kerman to Tehran much closer to her family. And last week the Iranian authorities have been moved to reopen her case. You have brought us this far. Step by step you have raised us up, however unclear the road ahead.

For tomorrow night and for the remainder of Ramadan, it is a reminder for all our families, that the world can be a brighter place. With enough light, Nazanin’s captors will see it too.


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