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A sad and brutal reality about the plight of women in other countries

  • Aug 14, 2009
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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 granted by their male relatives, particularly their husbands. Women were executed even on the suspicion of adultery and could be beaten in the streets by their husbands for simple transgressions. Soon, Lori began to experience the wrath of her husband as he began to exercise his rights under Islamic law.
However, all of that was nothing compared to the horror of being arrested on false charges and taken to an internal internment camp along with others that somehow managed to run afoul of the Islamic government in Iran. Chained to another woman, forced to eat bugs to survive, beaten and gang-raped on a regular basis for weeks, Lori's story is an all too sad yet familiar story of the brutality perpetrated in the name of religious or ethnic purity. Fortunately, this is also a positive tale of survival and recovery as she was able to escape and make her way back to the United States. It took some time and failures, but Lori was eventually able to establish a normal life for herself, although the memories of her torture continue to haunt her.
It is difficult for people in the United States to understand how horrific the lives of women are in many other countries and how powerless outside agents are to improve it. This book should be a splash of ice water in the face of any American woman contemplating a relationship with an Islamic man. "Honor" killings of women are still a very real aspect of life in conservative Islamic cultures, and American women who choose poorly in matters of the heart often pay for it by sacrificing other body parts.

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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 …
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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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