A really rough night, but my temperatutre started to drop sometime around dawn and I was able to spend the day staggering around town doing interviews. But it is astonishingly hard to get the message out. Every station has its own agenda. Today, one accused me of betraying my “comrades” in MI6, one ran a piece which suggested Shaker was a close friend of Osama Bin Laden, while a third only wanted to talk about Edward Snowden! And still no sign of the big four showing any interest in Shaker’s plight: ITN, BBC, Sky or CNN. We’re waiting for them, but all the time we wait, my energy and ability to string a coherent sentence together are fading.
There’s one thought that keeps me going through these periods when the task seems impossible and I’m sure it’s the same for everyone who is working or fasting on this. It’s the thought of Shaker in his cell on that dirty mattress, starving, too weak to get up, pepper sprayed and beaten each day as he is dragged out and lashed to the chair in the feeding room. We have to make it stop.