Pray for Neda (Roya Hakakian)
A Tribute to the Brave and Courageous Citizens of Iran
I don't pray, but my heart goes out to everyone affected by the violence, and to everyone else back "Home," as Mom would say. Still wishing I could do more than just spread linkages on the Internet.
In weird coincidences, I'm the same age as Neda Agha-Soltan, and the same age my mom was when the 1979 revolution occurred. Mom was already out of Iran by then, and it wasn't until 1998 that she was finally able to return. I remember being confused when she came home from that visit, because she spent the better part of a week in tears.
I was a dumb teenager then. I get it now.
I always thought she was brave, but damn. I can't even imagine leaving the US and not being able to return to my homeland and the majority of my family until 2028. Mom did that, journeyed all over Europe and the US, learned a new language and customs, earned her doctorate, got married, raised a family while working full-time and climbing the career ladder up to V.P. ... damn.