Trapped in Iran : A Mother's Desperate Journey to Freedom
In 2009, Samieh Hezari made a terrible mistake. She flew from her adopted home of Ireland to her birthplace in Iran so her 14-month-old daughter, Rojha, could be introduced to the child's father. When the violent and unstable father refused to allow his daughter to leave and demanded that Samieh renew their relationship, a two-week holiday became a desperate five-year battle to get her daughter out of Iran. If Samieh could not do so before Rojha turned seven, the father could take sole custody-forever. The father's harassment and threats intensified, eventually resulting in an allegation of adultery that was punishable by stoning, but Samieh-a single mother trapped in a country she saw as restricting the freedom and future of her daughter-never gave up, gaining inspiration from other Iranian women facing similar situations. As both the trial for adultery and her daughter's seventh birthday loomed the Irish government was unable to help, leaving Samieh to attempt multiple illegal escapes in an unforgettable, epic journey to freedom. Trapped in Iran is the harrowing and emotionally gripping story of how a mother defied a man and a country to win freedom for her daughter.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6mm
- 15 Sep 2016
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- 2 b&w illus., 1 map
Table of contents
Prologue Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 Chapter 25 Epilogue: One Year Later Acknowledgments
About Samieh Hezari
Iranian-born Samieh Hezari lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her two daughters, Saba and Rojha. Samieh is an accountant at a law firm and is currently studying for a degree in psychology. Trapped in Iran is her first book. Australian-born Kaylene Petersen lives in Ireland. She worked for over 20 years in the field of editing and publishing, but returned to college and is now a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist.