Rula al Saffar is the president of the nursing union in Bahrain, assistant professor at the college of health science and head of the emergency nursing programme.
She has just been sentenced to 15 years in prison – one of 20 medical workers, including doctors, nurses and paramedics, jailed this week in a military trial.
Their crime? Treating the injured during the demonstrations in February this year, which saw the Pearl Roundabout in the centre of Bahrain’s capital Manama occupied by protesters calling for democracy.
Rula spoke to Socialist Worker as she awaits the result of her appeal – and made a call for solidarity from health workers.
“We are all professionals, health workers and medics who helped people in a crisis,” she said.
“I believe we are being punished because we are witnesses to what happened here on 17 February. That was the day they started using live ammunition on people.”