Mum and sister visit Martha (pt. 2)- 23rd of October 2018 – Martha receives International Red Cross Volunteer Certificate

“Tuesday was the day, when first two hours we’ve spent hugging, as always, and talking on endless subjects…

Next entry to the visiting room started with welcoming by mrs Governor of all present people, between which were teachers and  representatives of International Red Cross Organization.
The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the idea of promoting and work of the organization, and a first aid demonstration by Martha and another woman.
On this meeting, certificates were given to four women, as International Volunteers of Red Cross, including Martha.

Next was a surprise – a performance of women, who sang 3 songs with a guitar. This was them most touching element to us…
Tears were streaming down… when we heard the words abount a sister, mum, and that “someday I will fly from here…”
At the mere memory of it, our eyes get wet from emotions…

Next there were congratulations, thanks, hugs, words of encouragement for the future…
And a nice last part – coffee drunk together, with a cake.
We’ve given our portions to Martha, so she can have something sweet for later… because what else could we do…
Then hard parting… So many feelings, still to little of time spent together, to little, to short…

This was our last meeting, almost torn hands and hearts…
When will we meet again??? We don’t know…”

Mum and sister visit Martha – from 21st to 23rd of October 2018 – part 1.

“Visiting Marttha: 21st of October – 23rd of October 2018

Meeting on sunday, after few months (since April) started with tears of emotion. Feelings took us over so much, that only thing we could do was to swallow bitter tears, without the possibility to say a word…
We’ve only looked at Martha, and she looked at us, and we held our hands tight together…
After some time we started talking.
And so, not knowing when, the visit time passed.

On the next day, we were full of enthusiasm from the possibility of meeting, so the time passed even quicker, full of mixed emotions, from joy, through helplessness, anger, sadness…”

Walk on the beach – Arklow, November 1, 2015

“For beloved Grandma” “Marta Darek and Monika with Family”

Funeral

Martha’s grandmother died today – “She was my last grandma”

Today, June 21, 2018, at 2 p.m., Martha’s grandmother died.
She died at home in Poland, living to an age of 101 years.
She was missing 2 months to 102 years.

Martha learned about that from her sister via telephone call.
Both sisters were silent, not knowing what to say…
The grandma was very liked…
Both sisters owe her a lot…

Martha asked to buy a candle on her behalf, and to put it on the grandma’s grave…

“She was my last grandma…”

Due to raising funds, Martha’s family limits flights to Ireland

The most important activities of Martha’s family includes caring for Martha’s good mental condition, and the fight for restoring justice for Martha – for FREEDOM.
For these two years the family tried to balance those goals.

One of assumed actions was visiting Martha once a month.
Most often two people went from Poland to visit Martha.
Most often those were Martha’s sister and her mum.
Single person trips also occured, but also a three person ones.
Despite the adversities, most oftenly, someone from Poland, from the family, visited Martha.
Different obstacles didn’t led to change in visits.
During one of visits in Ireland, Martha’s sister broke a leg.
For seeing Martha she hopped on one leg, because there was no time for the hospital.
There was no time – it was a choice: seeing Martha or hospital.
After seeing was the second choice: hospital, or a flight to Poland.
Decision was simple: hopping on one leg to the visit with Martha, then on one leg to the airplane, and in Poland – directly from the plane to the hospital, and the leg in the cast – a fracture with displacement.
At least one planned flight to Martha was gone.
Martha’s mum, before one of planned flights to Martha also severely broke her leg.
For a time she couldn’t com to her daughter, then she came with a crutch.
Two weeks before planned flight, one person from the family got injured in a car accident (a hit in the car from the back by another car – the effect: the neck in cervical collar). For the time of visit, the collar was taken off, and left in Poland/
The family had overcome different obstacles, but someone regularly was visiting Martha.
Today the family gathers funds and it has to manage them accordingly.
Now, a great amount of funding is needed.
Great amount of funding to lead the legal fight for freedom for Martha to a happy ending.

Due to this the family made a difficult decision, to cut costly visits with Martha in Ireland.
The family wanted to make Martha a surprise, and come on her birthday.
Unfortunately it was decided to give up the plan.

Now the family conducts extensive consultations.
Until the end of June, the family must be sure about the next actions regarding Martha.
Then the flight to Ireland is planned and a meeting with Martha’s new attorney – Frank Gearty, with whom the cooperation is coming very well.

We thank very much to TRUE FRIENDS of Martha from Ireland, who try, if possible, to visit Martha in prison twice a week.

Will Marta, in order to reduce the costs incurred by a family from Poland, decide to serve her sentence in Poland?
Will she want to change very good conditions in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin to worse conditions in prison in Poland, but closer to the family?
…time will tell…

“Birthday Wishes” from Martha for her sister

Martha asked for additional phone call – she called her sister remembering her birthday

Martha asked for an additional phone call.
(Again the talk was “very” eavesdropped).
Martha was very keen to call her sister.
The sister does not celebrate birthday, but Martha always remembers about that day.
Every time on that day she calls her sister.
Even the prison didn’t change that custom.
She was very keen on her sister getting a letter from her that day – a scrapbook with hearts and smiles.
(And the letter arrived today)

On that day, Martha wished her sister smile.
So that she, despite of what’s going on – she always enjoy life.
She wished her, that their dream come true.
That thet sit together in the garden, drinking orange juice and laugh to the sun.

Seems like so little…
… but for now…
…in the realm of dreams…

Whole Martha…
…she remembers about her close ones…
…she remembers about everyone…

“(Very) Eavesdropped conversation”

It was a very tough night for Martha’s family.
All the time while being imprisoned, Martha was calling someone.
On Monday, April 23, no one of family or friends got a phonecall.
PROBABLY FOR THE FIRST TIME.
The family was worried, because Martha was very emotional about the goodbye.
Martha is always waiting for something, and now… no one knows (there is no date) when her sister will arrive again.

One of Martha’s friends, asked by Martha’s family, called the prison at night, and she was told only that Martha was on the dinner.
On Tuesday, a friend, and Martha’s sister called the prison, asking to tell Martha, that her family is worried, and they await phone call.

First there were several attempts to connect from an undisclosed number.
Finaly Martha could be heard.
She could be heard but with a large delay.
When Martha was asked a question, there was a silence. While asking next question, Martha was answering the previous, speaking simultaneously.
You did not need to hear someone’s breath to be sure that someone else is very much interested in the content of the conversation.

Out of necessity, for these 6 minutes (due to delays – 3 minutes) it wasn’t much of a talk.
The family had heard Martha, but they are certain that something happened on Monday.
It’s impossible that Martha didn’t want to call.
SOMETHING HAPPENED.

Most often the problems arise when the sister leaves.
When the sister is in Ireland, everyone pretend that everything is all right.
Just as the sister leaves Ireland, already on Monday, some strange things start happening.
Mrs Chief also announces that she will talk to Martha after her sister’s visit.

(It was similar with the first trial in the Court – sister left Ireland, when she already postponed the filght date once. Everything was indicating, that the Jury will not make the decision. Just as the sister left – decision was made, and what decision.)

Should Martha’s family come to Ireland more often for Martha’s good?
Or maybe it’s the time for Martha to bid farewell to unfeeling Ireland?

“Martha is convinced, that she has a family who loves her, and that she is not devoid of dignity”