If you ask me…

    Who has had the biggest influence on you?
    Mansour Hekmat, an Iranian political leader.

    Which health or social care professional has been most use
    to you?
    The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of
    Torture.

    If you ran care services in your area what would you do
    differently?
    I would give a voice to the voiceless!

    What event most changed your life?
    A demonstration in defence of freedom of expression in
    Iran which was attacked and crushed by Hezbollah in the early days
    of the Islamic regime.

    If you could ban one thing what would it be?
    In the UK: I would ban talking and writing negatively
    about refugees without giving them a right of reply. In the world:
    capital punishment, stoning to death and governmental brutality.

    What has been your most emotional moment?
    When I was in prison and my mum was crying and asking me
    to conform to the authority to be released, and my father was
    saying to her to leave me alone. It was our 10 minutes’ visiting
    time behind a glass and we talked through a phone.

    What makes you happy?
    A happy world, different from today’s.

    When were you last angry?
    Today, reading about homeless people who died on the
    Tehran streets overnight.

    How would you like to be remembered?
    A woman who tried to change the world.

    What is the most important lesson you have learned?
    One human being is as every other human being and all
    should enjoy the same rights.

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