Every word has a price, and there is no heaven on earth

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12 Aug 2020

Yaqoub from his detention facility

 

 Every word has a price, and there is no heaven on earth

 

Shaima Habib, the wife of the Ahwazi leader Yaqoub Hor Al-Tastari, published a private message that he wrote from his detention Centre to the whole world and the Ahwazi people in particular.

 

I left Ahwaz, heading towards the unknown, on a journey tinged with anxiety, challenges, and fears. A past that haunts me and an ambiguous future. Dangerous pitfalls and huge challenges, I thought they were like mountains, indomitable, but I crossed them in peace, reads the letter written by Yaqoub Hor Al-Tostari.

 

He added, Despite all the dangers and risks that I went through, my sentiment always appealed to me about my comrades in the country, appealing to me about those who were martyred, about their children and their families … a feeling of guilt that haunted me since I set foot in Europe.

 

I repeat among myself every morning Oh Yaqoub, here you are in Heaven on Earth as it is called.  Express your opinion absolutely freely. Your pen does not accept shortcomings, so it writes what it deems correct.  Scripting what cannot be erased.  Your voice is ringing in the middle of European capitals, raising the symbol of your homeland in your hand without the slightest fear.

 

The Ahwazi leader, who is being held in custody in Denmark on false charges, asked “What if my comrades in Ahwaz could do that What if they were able to express their opinion without being counted, as I do.”

 

He concluded; All this feeling dissipated for me on February 3 of this year. I knew that there is no heaven on earth. I also realized that every word has its price. He concludes I do not know if my arrest was of my good fortune or bad … But I feel, and for the first time since I came to Europe, on an equal footing with my fellow detainees in Ahwaz. I tell them and myself, as for every sunset and sunrise, and every beginning has an end, for every sunset has a sunrise and every end has a beginning.

 The Ahwaz Organization for the Defence of Human Rights

Every word has a price, and there is no heaven on earth

 Every word has a price, and there is no heaven on earth

Every word has a price, and there is no heaven on earth

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