Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe shows her strength, and a sliver of ice-cold anger

‘She wasn’t going to emote for the hell of it. She wasn’t a performing seal’ … Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe speaks alongside her husband, Richard Ratcliffe. Photograph: Reuters
‘Ś wz’nt gwñ t imot fr ɖ hel v it. Ś wz’nt a pformñsìl’ … Nazanīn Zagāri-Ratclif spīcs alñsd hr huzbnd, Rićd Ratclif. Foṭgraf: Rôtrz

Nazanīn Zagāri-Ratclif śoz hr streñʈ, n a slivr v îs-cold angr

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 21 March 2022)

Fr six yirz ś wz a sîḷnt figr, bt hr vôs wz fîṇli hŕd at a Wsminstr presconfṛns

John Crace

Jon Crês, Munde 21 Marć 2022

It wz standñrūm onli in ɖ Mcmiḷn rūm v Portculis Hǎs. Ɖ frst presconfṛns t b gvn bî Nazanīn Zagāri-Ratclif sins hr rlis fṛm dtnśn in Iran wz nt smʈñ t b míst. Fr six yirz, Nazanīn hd bn a sîḷnt figr in a cntinywñ p’liticl drama. Nǎ w wr t gt a vôs t pt t a nem n foṭgraf. Ś wz t b īvn mor impresiv ɖn eni v s hd imajind.

Frst, ɖo, it wz Tylip Sdīc, Nazanīn n hr huzbnd’z locl MP, hu tc sntrstej. Hvñ peid tribyt t hr cnstitẏnts, ś cut t ɖ ćes. Gvn it hd tecn ɖ rīpemnt v an acnolijd dét t s’kr Nazanīn’z rlis, ẃt hd tecn ɖ YC guvnmnt so loñ? N ẃ hd w dtend ʈri Ireńnz hu hd cm t Lundn in 2013 t ngośiet ɖ trmz v ɖ rīpemnt? Śrli ɖt hd onli incurijd Iran t ʈnc tecñ hosṭjz wz ɖ onli we t gt its muni bac.

Nazanīn’z huzbnd, Rićd Ratclif, jst sǎndd plizd t b tecñ a bacsīt at last. Ɖ six yirz sīm t hv tecn a harśr fizicl tol on him ɖn ɖe hv on hiz wîf. H’z ejd notisbli. Hiz her’z greyr n ʈinr, hiz fes mor lînd n hiz wîf joct abt him hvñ pt on weit aftr a hungrstrîc. Mnẃl, Nazanīn lcs litl ćenjd fṛm ɖ greni iṃjz v hr arest at Terān erport in 2016. Hr scarz r ol on ɖ insd n r nt on ɖ tebl fr public cnsumśn.

“It’s nîs t b rtîrñ fṛm campenñ,” h sd, holdñ on t hiz wîf’s hand. Fr hiz ǒn s’port, rɖr ɖn hrz. Tablôd ptreylz v Nazanīn az sm pǎrlis victim còt p in a stori v globl realpolitik hv pruvd wel wîd v ɖ marc. Ś’z a stroñ, pǎrfl indipndnt wmn. Smwn hu nz hr ǒn mînd n livz lîf on hr ǒn trmz. Y cn mes wɖ hr, bt y c’nt brec hr.

Rićd wnt on t se h hd spent mć v ɖ past six yirz in a stet v wêtñ. Nǎ h wz gwñ t hv t gt yst t biyñ. H endd bî seyñ h wz in ō v hiz wîf. Az wr w ol.

Nazanīn – drest in ɖ yelo n blu v Ycren – bgan bî ʈancñ hr faṃli, bʈ in ɖ YC n Iran, bfr gwñ on t se ɖt hr frīdm wd nvr b totl untl uɖr dītenīz – sć az Morad Tābaz, huz eldist dōtr, Roxan, wz olso at ɖ presr – wr olso rlist. Dspt hvñ promist t rlis Morad on frlo, ɖ Ireńnz hd olrdi pt him bac in prizn. Wn prsn’z ilīgl dtnśn dmiṇśz s ol. It wz an xpreśn v hymaṇti n slflisnis.

Ɖen ś let rip. A vri cntrold fyri. Îsi, olmst stīli. W hd bn wornd Nazanīn wd’nt b mcñ eni ovrtli p’liticl rmarcs n ɖt eni sć stetmnts wd b left t Rićd n Sdīc. Onli nwn apird t hv tld Nazanīn. Ś wz’nt gwñ t setl fr enʈñ cozi n hart-wormñ. It wz’nt hr job t mc ɖ rest v ɖ cuntri fīl betr abt itslf.

So ẃl ś luvd hr huzbnd t bits, ś cd’nt g alñ wɖ hiz xpreśnz v ʈancs t ɖ guvnmnt. Hǎ mni foṛn secṛtriz hd it tecn t gt hr hom? It hd tecn fîv ẃn it śd hv bn jst ɖ wn. Ś śd hv bn hom six yirz ago. Hr dōtr hd bn tū ẃn ś wz dtend. Nǎ ś wz nirli et. Nwn cd gv hr bac ɖ yirz ɖt hd bn lost.

Bt ɖt wz az mć az Nazanīn wz priperd t let ɖ mīdia si v hr tru fīlñz. Ɖ rest wz fr hr n hr faṃli alon. Ś wz’nt gwñ t imot fr ɖ hel v it. Ś wz’nt a pformñsìl. Ś wz a wmn wɖ hr integṛti n saṇti t mnten. Nazanīn hd spent six yirz pracṭsñ hǎ t compartmnṭlîz hr imośnz n ś wz’nt abt t stop nǎ. So ś dclînd t ansr hǎ ś hd cǒpt in hr darcist aurz. Or ẃt hr tru fīlñz fr hr captrz hd bn.

Instd, ś pleid it stret. Ɖr hd bn tîmz v dsper. Mni tîmz ś hd bn léd t ʈnc hr rlis wz iminnt onli t b let dǎn. So ś hd lrnt nt t trust enwn or enʈñ. It wz onli ẃn ś wz on ɖ plein ǎt v Iran ɖt ś alaud hrslf t b’liv ś wd b riynîtd wɖ hr faṃli.

N no, ś wz nt gwñ t let hrslf hold a gruj. Ś śd nvr hv bn dtend bt ś cd’nt let ɖt dstrô hr eḟts t rībild a faṃlilîf. T injô ɖ litl ʈñz, lîc bruśñ hr dōtr Gabriela’z her. “I hv traid t līv ɖ blac houl in mî hart on ɖ plein,” ś sd.

Az fr Boris Jonsn, huz cerlis wrdz hd md hr sićueśn incmpaṛbli wrs, ś hd nvr gvn him ɖ saṭsfax́n v letñ him si hǎ mć damij h hd dn. Ś hd noun ś wz pǎrlis in prizn so gev litl ʈt t poḷtics. N ẃn ś onli hd 40 minits wɖ Gabriela, ś wontd t spend ɖ tîm on cuḷrñ n rīdñ storiz. Nt gvñ in t hr cntmt fr smwn hu nvr riyli gev hr a secnd ʈt. Nt mni cd śo sć gres undr fîr.

Wɖ ɖt, ɖ presconfṛns endd n Nazanīn, Rićd n Gabriela md ɖer we ǎt ɖ rūm. Aftr livñ ǎt v a sūtces fr ɖ bst part v a wīc, ɖe wr fîṇli gwñ hom tgɖr fr ɖ frst tîm in yirz. T gt t nǒ ć uɖr proprli wns mor.

Mnẃl, bac at ɖ foṛn aferz s’lect cmiti, Filip Bartn, prṃnnt secṛtri at ɖ Foṛn Ofis, wz biyñ qsćnd abt ɖ dscrepnsi btwn hiz tstiṃni n ɖt v a ẃislblowr hu hd sd ɖt ɖ prîm̦inistr hd prîoṛtîzd ɖ ivakeśn v Pén Farɖñ n Hiz Pets fṛm Afgaṇstan ovr Afgan intrpritrz. Nazanīn mt rūḟli hv cncludd ɖt ś wd hv bn betr of biyñ a coc̣pu. Ɖt we ś mt hv còt ɖ Suspect’s atnśn n bn hom yirz ago.

Instroduction to Ñspel

22/03/2022

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