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Captive in Iran

  • Aug 13, 2009
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Foroozandeh, Lori. "Lori's Song", Outskirts Press, 2009.

Captive in Iran

Amos Lassen

The story of Lori Foroozandeh is amazing. She had been neglected and abused as a child and at 15 she escaped. When she was 27 she married an Iranian and moved to Iran. On the day terrorists attacked the World Trade Center she was taken captive and put in a paramilitary camp where she suffered degradation of every kind--rape, beatings, starvation and death threats. After her rescue her story was considered to be to politically charged to become public information and she was forced to sign an order of disclosure before she was allowed to enter this country. This is her story and it is fascinating.
She was removed form her family when she was 6 months old. She had been forced to live in a closet and was covered with cigarette burns. When she was 10 she was sexually molested by her adoptive brother and at 15 she was forced into self-emancipation. She became self-destructive and began to use drugs. She became pregnant, had a son but was forced to flee the abuse that her son's father heaped upon her and she discovered that he had been having sex with her sister. She finally made a man who could care for her and lead her to a life of healing and a sane life. She had been attending school in Michigan when she met Mohammed Foroozandeh and she felt love and respect. He convinced her to go to Iran with him and she left her son with his father but the 14t year old was bitter and became involved with criminal activity and now sits in prison. She had a hard time adjusting to Iran and when 9/11 came her husband took her out of the country but before they could return to the States, she was captured and taken to a POW camp and she saw nightmare after nightmare. Finally she was able to be released because of a bribe but because she was Iranian she could not leave the country without permission from her husband and he was missing. Ultimately the American Embassy in Dubai agreed to pay for her to come to America on the condition that she sign a nondisclosure agreement and she remained silent for several years. Undergoing therapy for the abuse she had suffered and with the support of a new man in her life, she overcame her drug problem and understood that the best therapy was to tell her story. "Lori's Song" shows her determination and strength and we are lucky to have this book.

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While American women still suffer some discrimination in work and life, it is nothing compared to the plight of women in some other countries, particularly those with a conservative Islamic culture. Lori Foroozandeh is an American woman that was sexually abused as a child, married what she thought was a decent Iranian man and then immigrated to Iran with him. It was then that she began to realize the plight of women in a country ruled by a conservative Islamic theocracy. Women have no rights not …
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Though she endured a childhood of physical and sexual abuse, nothing would ever equal what happened to her in Iran the weeks following 9/11.

Lori, an American married to an Iranian, had been working and living as an ordinary member of Iranian society for almost 4 years when she had heard rumors that the U.S. was going to be attacked. That was on September 9, 2001. She tried and failed to call home and give warning.

The news that all those rumors were horribly true came on September 11th 2001. That was when her husband suddenly announced that they had to go back to the States in case there were repercussions.

On September 12, 2001, Lori and her husband were at the Shiraz bus terminal intending to catch a bus to Istanbul and from there to Heathrow and home to the U.S.A. They were totally unprepared for the convoy of troop carriers that suddenly drove up and the armed men who came pouring out to take the hapless couple prisoner.

There was no explanation offered. The men took Lori's husband one direction and she another, pushing them blindfolded into the back of the troop carriers with other prisoners, mostly Iranian.

Who the armed men were was anybody's guess but they took their prisoners to POW camp in unfamiliar territory and there, Lori was held, tortured, raped, and starved with them for over a month. Her husband was not to be seen again.

Lori was rescued with one of her fellow inmates by the girl's family and, after riding a llama for 1-2 days over ...
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ISBN-10: 1432738291
ISBN-13: 978-1432738297
Author: Lori Foroozandeh
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Outskirts Press
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