(London Telegraph) The words that drifted into Karim Mokhtari's ear were balm for a battered soul.
Inside the prison, where he was serving a ten-year sentence for armed robbery, Mr Mokhtari had finally – after a childhood spent in special educational establishments, teenage years carrying out ever greater acts of delinquency on the orders of his violent stepfather, and time spent in 15 different prisons – found someone to help.
The elderly inmate who befriended Mr Mokhtari spoke of peace, calm and spiritual fulfilment.
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"I was searching for hope," Mr Mokhtari told The Telegraph. "When you arrive in prison you feel completely abandoned. You get there and you need to find some strength. When someone holds out a hand, you take it."