In Bulgaria the families and friends of the five nurses are maintaining their vigil outside the Libyan embassy in Sofia. Zorta Anachkova remains utterly convinced of her daughter Christiana’s innocence, and will not rest until she is home: “They have to negotiate whatever they need and let them go free. Libya had this AIDS problem long before our nurses arrived there.” Friend Maria Georgieva agrees: “She will return, I’m telling her mother not to lose hope, the end is coming soon, and we’ll be meeting her at the airport.”
The Libyan embassy has refused to comment on the Supreme Court decision, but it is faced with a national mood in Bulgaria that has stirred people more than anything else in decades say observers. Rosen Marcov works for the nurse’s support committee: “Libya has become aware that time works against the infected children and their relatives. Urgent measures are necessary to provide the best possible care for the children and free their medics, as they are innocent,” he said.