Thinking about the current worldwide Covid 19 lockdown, which is, of course, concentual, in that everyone recognises that it is absolutely essential for us to mount a collective defence against the Virus. However, it is a fact, that even this self-imposed isolation can have, and is having, a very serious effect on our physical and mental health.
With this in mind, I try to imagine, the extent of the never-ending trauma which must have been growing in the heart and mind of Nazanin Zaghari Radcliffe over these past four years. The complete and absolute despair and disbelief that she must feel, because the Iranian Government, in the land of her ancestors, her parents and herself, could be capable of inflicting such an ‘uncontestable, arbitrary and unjust punishment’, for a crime, which she obviously did not commit and against which there can be no defence.
Her imprisonment, and the consequential isolation from her husband and daughter and her parents must induce a complete and devastating feeling of total hopelessness. Her plight has a very great effect on me, and I comfort myself by looking into the future by drawing my concept of the inevitable joyous re-union in which we can all share.