Disturbing rumours circulated recently suggesting that Dr Aafia Siddiqui has died are mercifully not true. However, the family are asking supporters of Aafia, despite the pain and relief they have felt over the past few days, to use this opportunity to remember their sister and daughter.
Aafia's sister Fawzia Siddiqui told CagePrisoners' Yvonne Ridley:
"The rumours have been very distressing and my mother heard about it before we could verify that Aafia was unharmed. She has been unwell but now that the prison has confirmed that she is alive we've asked for a direct telephone call to at least speak with her.
"The rumours began in the UK and I would ask people not to spread anymore rumours about Aafia. If they hear something they should contact us through the family website first. But hopefully they will use this opportunity to download our Independence Day postcard and mail it to her now."
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