When he finishes his working day Alexandre – not his real name – climbs onto the saddle of his beloved black carbon fibre-framed racing bike to head for home. Once past the gates of his workplace in the centre of Bayonne in south-west France, he turns right down Rue Maubec, hurtles past the railway station and a nearby floral roundabout and cafes, before hanging a left over Saint-Esprit bridge which straddles the River Adour. From there he cycles for just under an hour to cover the twenty kilometres to his home in a quiet village in Basque country. Alexandre has one son who is too young to cycle himself, but whom he sometimes takes for little walks in the surrounding countryside.
Since January 7, 2023 our colleague and friend Mortaza Behboudi has been imprisoned in Afghanistan, in the Taliban prisons.
We do not forget him and call for his release.