Shirin didn't want to go!

Fereshteh Ghazi

 Roozonline Daily

It is a long-standing tradition that when some one is due for execution they inform them the night before so they write their will and say farewll to their families and friends.

At 10 PM on Satuarday 8 May, Shirin Alam, Hooli, Iranian Kurdish prisoner at Evin was summoned to the office to 'correct her father's name'. Shirin became suspicious and didn't want to go. As soon as she went out of the cell, they locked the door behind and dragged her with them.

Shirin didn't want to go. She wanted to know where they were taking her without her scarf and prison dress. Next day prisoners recalled cries of a woman who pleaded with her executioners to let her say farewell: " I am at your mecry. I cannot runaway. Let me say farewell to my friends. Let me hear my mother's voice for the last time. For God's sake……….

Shirin was busy preparing for her maths exam which was due in two days. She wanted to complete her secondary school, attend the university and become a lawyer, so one day to defend children of Iran. Her cellmates were up the whole night waiting for her return. By morning next day when they came to take her few possesions, they understood she would never return.

Shirin's cellmates call her a symbol of love for humans and freedom. Her nightly nightmares spoke of the tortures she had endured while in custody by those who call themselves representative of God on earth. Her cellmates recall a woman who would divide her little money and clothes with others, who loved humanity.

 Shirin along with four other prisoners were hanged on 10 May and the Islamic regime is frightened to deliver their bodies to their families. They were deprived to say farewell to their families and now the families are denied their bodies as well. How frightened can a government be of its own people that kills them in the middle of the night and hides their bodies in the unknown graves?.

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