Elif Shafak writes to Asli Erdoğan

Dear Asli,

I spoke with your mother on the phone yesterday. The gentleness, the peace and the love that came into her voice every time she mentioned your name left a deep impression on me. The contrast is so stark—the kindness in your mother’s tone and the harshness with which you have been treated ever since you have been taken into custody, put on trial and then, shockingly, sent to prison.


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