Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Waiting for news

The embassy sent an email last night to say that Jon had been moved to Florence. They spoke to him. He sounded tired but well. Our initial euphoria gave way to concerns about why he hadn’t rang us. Was he able to ring? Do they allow phone calls? It’s the uncertainty that makes creates stress.

7.00pm Jon rang. He sounded disorientated. Exhausted and elated. The night before they came to pick him up he didn’t sleep. At 6.00am he was told to get ready to leave. The yard was on lock down so he couldn’t say goodbye to his friends. He sounded sad about this.

Last night he slept on hard plastic sheets, in a big room with fellow detainees, mostly Mexican and South American, waiting to be processed. The room was so crowed he couldn’t stretch out. He had another sleepless night. There’s no vegetarian food. All he’d eaten was a bag of fries. He said he felt lonely.

He’d changed from orange into regulation prison blues. Pulling on the blue jeans, gave him flashbacks.

Once he is processed, he should be allocated a room or cell, he wasn’t sure.

He asked us to post his address as he’d like people to write to him. We will post the correct address as soon as we have it. He will probably be there for another three to four weeks. Mail arriving after he leaves will be forwarded home.

He said to thank all the bloggers for their comments and interest in him.

Copyright © 2007 Barbara Attwood

1 comment:

Lady Arkles said...

Thinking of you all.
Sending lots of love and positive vibes your way!!

Rachel xx

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