“Like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, I was locked in Iran’s Evin jail. The struggle was trying to stay sane”, Anoosheh Ashoori, The Guardian, 16 mars 2022

Until his release today, British-Iranian Anoosheh Ashoori spent six years in jail. Here is an account, written as an inmate, of his ordeal

My name is Anoosheh Ashoori. I live in Evin prison, Tehran, in the valley of hell.

I am an Iranian-British dual national, like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, except very few people know my name. I was arrested in August 2017 and sentenced to 12 years in jail, and this is how I spend my days and survive.

The lights in my windowless room are dimmed by night, but never quite go off. At 6.30am the lights are fully switched on, signalling another day in Section 7, Hall 12, and another day trying to retain my sanity. At 7am, all prisoners sit on the floor waiting for up to 20 minutes to be counted. After this, I eat my breakfast outside the room, and go and sit in the far corner of a patio next to a gaslit stove. This is my place of residence most of the day, and over time it has become known as Anoosheh’s place…. LIRE LA SUITE


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