Prisoner of Tehran
A MemoirBook - 2007
In 1982, 16-year-old Marina Nemat was arrested on false charges by Iranian Revolutionary Guards and tortured in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. At a time when most Western teenaged girls are choosing their prom dresses, Nemat was having her feet beaten by men with cables and listening to gunshots as her friends were being executed. She survived only because one of the guards fell in love with her and threatened to harm her family if she refused to marry him. Soon after her forced conversion to Islam and marriage, her husband was assassinated by rival factions. Nemat was returned to prison but, ironically, it was her captor's family who eventually secured her release. An extraordinary tale of faith and survival, Prisoner of Tehran is a testament to the power of love in the face of evil and injustice.
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Arrested at age 16 in Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran, Marina Nemat was imprisoned in Teheran's notoricous Evin prison for 2 years. She was married to a leader at the prisoner who resigned his position and was shot to death. Marina returned to prison and was released after husband's father pleaded her case. She returned to her parents home and later married long time boyfriend. They had one child and later emigrated to Canada in 1991. She now resides in Toronto. Conditions in Evin prisioner were very brutual.
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