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November 24th, 2001

My mom whom I call Mimi and whom I adore called me last night to remind me that tomorrow is November 24th. November 24th, 2001. It is now a few years that I have tried to forget this date. I dislike remembering sad things.
I never forget my lovely Aunt Mahin’s voice on the phone.
“ Babato bordan” “They took your dad”.
And boom. My life changed. Mimi’s life changed. Leili’s life changed. And Babayee was kidnapped.
It was only three weeks that I had started school in the US, Maryland. I was in 11th grade. Before this doomed day of November 24th, Babyee used to call me from Iran every single morning to wish me a good day at school, to tell me that I will be fine in this new country, to tell me that he misses me and that he loves me. And on November 24th he stopped calling! My life changed.
I would stay up at nights with Mimi who was extremely distressed and sad to call different police stations throughout Tehran to ask for my dad. The soldiers would pick up the phone and talk to me.
“Salam agha, shoma oonja zendani be name Siamak Pourzand darid?”
“ Hi sir, do you have a detainee there named Siamak Pourzand?”
“Who? No. We don’t”
Laugher, masculine hysterical laughter… And they would hang up.
I don’t want to talk about the rest of it. Though, I will…one day soon!
For now I want to focus on the good part. True, Babyee is still in THEIR hand. He is still grounded in Tehran. True, THEY don’t let him join his family. But THEY couldn’t diminish him. He still exists, he still breathes, and he still loves us. He still tells me stories on the phone, stories about when he was young, when he was my age. He calls my age ‘the golden age’. He wants me to never give up, to never feel powerless, and to never consider myself or him a victim.
November 24th, 2001…
Too many days and months and years have passed. We want him back.
Mimi keeps on telling us that she has tried to convince ‘them’, the government of Iran to let her return to Iran in order to be with Babayee or to let him leave the country and join us in the West. Our attempts in that regard have become like a labyrinth with many hollow dead-ends.
After all, who wants to talk about November 24th, 2001 and who wants to listen?

Comments

Azadeh Jan

You will now always be in my thought and prayers… You must show them that they can not break you… Parents struggle to provide the best they can for their children… safety, security and love… and your parents have endured more and have done more than most can ever imagine… But it is heartbreaking for a parent to see his or child suffer through them… so if only for your parents… live life to full and be the best that you can be… make us even prouder than we all are of you…


Welcome to Blog Shahr Azadeh jan. Now a truly family affair, eh? :)

I hope your father too can join you (or better still you all join him in Iran!) for a very happy ending.

Take care.

Dear azadeh ,hello,how are you?i read your writting about your belove father.i fell so sorry. i hope sooner or later you see him.and you live with him.be courage and dont lose your moral. bye dear

Dear azadeh ,hello,how are you?i read your writting about your belove father.i fell so sorry. i hope sooner or later you see him.and you live with him.be courage and dont lose your moral. bye dear

hi azadeh...
your site is good..
my name is hamid
je suis etudiant ...
law is my interest
nice too meet u

be manam sar bezanin
age ejaze bedi link midam

I pray for world peace where all people can live free and happy.

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