by Ivana Simonovis
Últimas Noticias. 30th January 2013
Dear Sirs from the Venezuelan State,
This is the second time I write to you. I am not ashamed of my insistence to you. The pain that I feel is greater than my shame. I swear I cannot go on any more like this. I am tired of crying. I am exhausted. I am once again pleading clemency for my father. My dad, Ivan Simonovis, as well as all of us members of his family have already suffered enough. This amount of suffering is exhausting. To cry like this is exhausting. To miss one’s father is exhausting. I feel I am too young to be this exhausted. I think is rather unjust for politics to ruin my life in this way. Every day when I wake and I look in the mirror I am afraid of what I am going to see because I feel I have grey hairs in my head. I cannot see them but I can feel them. I am only 15 years old. This is in fact a very rare feeling.
My smile is no longer the one that appears in the family photo albums, my smile often crumbles like a cracker, because that is how my father’s bones are now. His bones have become like fragile crackers due to the long confinement, the lack of movement and the lack of light. Please, I beg you give back the sunshine to my father. My smile is no longer the one that appears in the family photo albums, my smile often crumbles like a cracker, because that is how my father’s bones are now. His bones have become like fragile crackers due to the long confinement, the lack of movement and the lack of light. Please, I beg you give back the sunshine to my father. His health has deteriorated so much that I fear my father will end up paralyzed, in a wheelchair. Alone, without his people, without those who can offer him a hug.
My father is not well at all. His vertebral column is so fragile it could spontaneously crumble at any moment. His bones, according to his doctor, resemble those of an elderly man. His bones as well as his soul and his family have now served double the sentence he was condemned to. Whether he was justly imprisoned or not I believe his plight has gone to far. Everything has become inhuman, cruel and excessive. Members of the Venezuelan State, I plead to you on humanitarian grounds. It would be a much needed, noble, beautiful gesture towards my father, an important gesture to us Venezuelans living though such hard times. I am exhausted from the hatred seen towards each other on both sides of this struggle. I believe many of us think the same. Such a gesture will not make you seem weak on the contrary you will show the world a more humanitarian side of yourselves. I want to be 15 years old again and to feel my father’s hugs again.
I do not have any more to say, just an excess of pain.
Source: Simonovis, Ivana. “ Lea la carta de Ivana Simonovis al Estado venezolano”. Últimas Noticias. 30 Enero 2013.
30 Marzo 2014.
Main photograph: Taken from the original source “Últimas Noticias. Lea: La carta de Ivana Simonovis al Estado venezolano”.
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