Iranian Political Prisoner Banned From Family Visits Writes a Happy Birthday Letter to 13-Year-Old Daughter
By Mahmoud Hakamian
An Iranian political prisoner who has been imprisoned for nine years and was recently banned from receiving family visits has written her daughter a letter to wish her a happy 13th birthday.
Maryam Akbari Monfared wrote: “My dear Nazanin: I was not with you on your 13th birthday. I know that by now you understand why we’re apart. I know that you’ve suffered a lot these past nine years. Yet, we have promised each other to smile until smiles light the faces of all of Iran’s children. We promised each other to cherish our brief visits, for all of the times that we miss being together. We have pledged together to vanquish a monster.”