London, 3 May - “Resist, my homeland, there is not much left of you
Soon you will hear in your sky
the sound of smiles and liberation’s call.”
~ Ma’edeh Shabaninejad
Fifteen year-old Ma’edeh Shabaninejad is accused of inciting violence through her poetry about Iran’s Arab minority. She was arrested two months ago at her aunt’s house in the southern city of Ahvaz, where she was hiding. According to her father, Sahid Shabaninejad, security forces had previously raided her own home and confiscated her poems.