Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Husband Richard on hunger strike to urge government to help

Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Iranian detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, has been on hunger strike in Whitehall since 24 October, demanding the government does more to secure her release.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual national, was first jailed in Tehran in 2016 on spying charges, which she has always denied.

BBC video journalist Lorna Acquah has been visiting Mr Ratcliffe to talk about the physical and emotional toll of the hunger strike and its impact on his seven-year-old daughter.

It comes as Iran’s deputy foreign minister Bagheri Kani is due to hold talks with officials from the Foreign Office in London.

Mr Ratcliffe, who will meet Foreign Office minister James Cleverly later, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I guess I’m looking for some kind of a breakthrough.”

Filmed and edited by Lorna Acquah

Photography: Sarah Gharib

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