Iranian Baha'i refugee recounts journey to freedom in new novel
October 25, 2010 - 3:20pm
Even as a child, Roya Movafegh knew her story had to be told—a
family’s perilous journey through the Pakistani desert, fleeing
religious persecution in Iran.
As Baha'is, there was no question what their fate would be if they
were discovered and returned to Iran, where more than 200 Baha'is were
killed in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and thousands
more imprisoned, tortured, and barred from employment and education.
“I knew that I was going to have to write the story
down,” Movafegh said. “That was a promise that I made to myself as a 10
year-old during the escape. It was a gift to my family because I didn’t
want us to forget.”
Now a multimedia artist based in New York City and
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