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Dear Intisar Sharif Abdallah

Dear Intisar Sharif Abdallah,

I am in floods of tears reading about your current situation.  I cannot believe that in this day and age there are still countries that treat men, women and children so despicably, barbarically, inhumanely.  In fact those words don’t do your current situation justice at all.  I am so upset that you have been imprisoned with your four month old baby and separated from your other two children.

I am so so sorry that your brother beat you into confessing to adultery (something which isn’t even a crime in my country).  I am devastated that the courts saw fit to sentence you to death by stoning, based on this extremely flimsy “evidence” of your guilt. I abhor the very legislative existence of the death sentence, even for much more heinous crimes than yours (which I am not at all convinced at all you are actually guilty of), but that particular method of execution is the most disgusting, cruel and horrific.

I have sent an appeal on your behalf to President Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, and I will do everything I can to raise awareness of your current plight, to fight that this sentence is not carried out and that you are reunited with your family.

You might wonder why I am doing this? Well it’s because I also have a baby not much older than yours and previously I might have found myself in situations that in your country could also lead me to the same sentence, but only by virtue of my birth and geography I would never find myself in your situation. This is not right.

I am thinking of you and fighting for you.

Stay strong for your children.




Dear Emo’s

Dear Emo’s,

I am devastated that in Iraq some of you are being persecuted for expressing yourself. Many of you have lost your lives in brutal stonings. This is utterly utterly horrific (link).

I was a gothic type from 11-19 and I appreciate I was incredibly lucky to only ever really experience verbal abuse for the way I looked (although many of my friends were often seriously beaten up).

I hate that society attacks people for being different and it’s something I fight against every day in the work that I do.

I promise to bring my girls up to be tolerant and respectful of all of life’s wonderful subcultures and I promise I will carry on fighting discrimination and bring them up to carry on the fight too.

I am so so very sorry  and I hope that one day we will see a future where people are free to be themselves, openly and honestly without fear of attack  or persecution.

Lots of Love


P.S I just rejoined Amnesty as realised my membership had lapsed. Perhaps those reading this might think about doing same.