Hey all, sorry if this is not an appropriate forum for this subject, but I'm reaching out to every contact I have.
My sweetheart's beloved sister-in-law, widow of his older brother, is the Canadian-Iranian academic Homa Hoodfar, who was imprisoned in Iran on Monday. She taught at anthropology at Concordia in Montreal. She nursed her increasingly paralyzed husband valiantly for 2 years as he died of brain cancer, allowing him to die at home, as he wished, a year and a half ago. I think we all know something of the cost of that. She is a wonderful person.
Then she began to reengage with her research in women's involvement with politics in the Muslim world, travelling twice to Iran to witness the recent elections. The second time, as she prepared to depart for Canada, she was detained, her possessions and passports were seized and she was interrogated repeatedly over two months while free on bail. On Monday, with her lawyer barred from the court, she was subject to some sort of proceeding, perhaps charged with treason, and hauled off to the notorious Evin prison.
We are frightened for her. She is 65 and suffers from myasthenia gravis.
She is the sweetest, kindest, bravest woman I have ever met.
The family in Canada and London have just decided to go public with her story after months of attempts at quiet diplomacy. If you google her name, you will see pictures and hear what the Canadian government has to say about it.
I'm writing to raise awareness, to ask for your prayers and good wishes, and to ask any of you who may be so inclined to sign any petitions you might find online - I think there's one started up on Facebook.
Although she was educated in England, her previous husband was Irish, so she carries an Irish passport as well as a Canadian one. If anyone in either country is willing or able to write to or call your government representative on her behalf, please consider that as well. She is deserving of every effort.
Thanks, everyone who has read this far. This community means a great deal to me, as you know, and I just had to share with you this terrible situation. My sweetheart, who cannot do anything to help, is really having a tough time with this, too.
Love and peace to one and all,