[00:05.49]I was given the job of escorting him back to the Underground Station afterwards,
[00:10.07]and this man whose life had been shattered by cruelty took my hand with exquisite courtesy, and wished me future happiness.
[00:20.41]And as long as I live I shall remember walking along an empty corridor and suddenly hearing,
[00:26.46]from behind a closed door, a scream of pain and horror such as I have never heard since.
[00:33.23]The door opened, and the researcher poked out her head and told me to run and make a hot drink for the young man sitting with her.
[00:43.43]She had just had to give him the news that in retaliation for his own outspokenness
[00:49.01]against his country’s regime, his mother had been seized and executed.
[00:57.10]Every day of my working week in my early 20s I was reminded how incredibly fortunate I was,
[01:04.06]to live in a country with a democratically elected government,
[01:07.31]where legal representation and a public trial were the rights of everyone.
[01:13.14]Every day, I saw more evidence about the evils humankind will inflict on their fellow humans,
[01:20.07]to gain or maintain power. I began to have nightmares, literal nightmares,
[01:26.54]about some of the things I saw, heard, and read.
[01:32.36]And yet I also learned more about human goodness at Amnesty International than I had ever known before.