A Gift from Evin


faribas_gift_to_taraneh_in_prison_121287Mrs. Fariba Kamalabadi, six other former Baha’i leaders known as the Yaran, and some other Baha’is continue to languish in the notorious Evin prison of Tehran. While their bodies suffer incarceration and psychological torture, yet their indomitable spirits shine ever so brightly, thinking of their families, friends and millions of well-wishers around the globe.

Mrs. Kamalabadi’s younger daughter, Taraneh, had a birthday come up in March. Her mother thought about her birthday, but alas there was so little she could do for Taraneh from behind bars! Nevertheless, she was resourceful enough that she grew for her a small plant, – a reminder that life and love sprout for these souls even under the harsh conditions of prison – and gave that as a gift to Taraneh.

The attached pictures show the plant and the happy young lady. Next year, we pray, the family will be able to celebrate Taraneh’s birthday in their happy home, where the entire family will come together – far from dark memories of Evin.

Iran Press Watch is grateful to Mr. Iraj Kamalabadi (Fariba’s brother) for these photographs.



17 Responses

  1. golbang

    June 6, 2009 1:29 pm

    God bless her . she is stronger and i hope that this conditions finish soon and all her family can meet her and celebrate her daughter birthday together.

  2. tooba

    June 6, 2009 3:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing…
    What a touching piece! lovely historic pictures!
    I can just imagine what that great soul is feeling as a mother, and what this blessed young lady is going through away from such a respectable and strong mother. The smile of this dear daughter of us in itself tells us the story of the Baha’i community of Iran: tested but glorious…
    Sigh, sigh, thousands of sighs…
    with tears and prayers,

  3. Naeim Tavakkoli

    June 7, 2009 7:58 am

    Allah’u’abha Taraneh,

    I’m so happy to see your picture here. You’ve grown up. You look so much like your mum. I’m sure your next birthday will be quite different in a good way. Take care of that carrot anyway and happy birthday!

  4. Jahan Tavangar

    June 7, 2009 2:21 pm

    My heart is filled with admiration for the steadfastness of these prisoners. They inspire us to dedicate our lives to the the promotion of the oneness of humankind.

  5. Shahrzad Mahmoudi

    June 8, 2009 6:46 pm

    This was mentioned in drear Alhan’s Letter
    we all have a great hope and pray for all of Yaran’s family ,

  6. keyvan

    June 8, 2009 6:55 pm

    hiiiiiii tarani ya elahi:D how r u? i see this gift in ur home. i can remember u was very happy when get it. we r with u. don’t sad.

  7. shahrzad

    June 9, 2009 8:51 am

    My Dearest Friend,

    I am so proud of having such a strong friends, you are always in our prayer.

    love you so much

  8. roohi.abbasi

    June 9, 2009 4:35 pm

    I am so proud of you taraneh jan. hope always strong and happy like your mom. you the best one. God belesd you.

  9. vernyce dannells

    June 9, 2009 6:50 pm

    our community has been encouraged to communicate our concerns regarding the Yaran and other Baha’i’s undergoing abuse to our legislators. this i have done. but there is nothing so dear as the love of a mother, and the story reminds me of this. nevertheless, those of us who feel our kinship across the miles offer our caring in the only way we know how.

  10. Jamshid Abhar

    June 9, 2009 7:49 pm

    Dear Taraneh
    Don’t be sad and be sure . If you ‘re so alone but belive that the world is with you.
    We all pray that your Mum will be free as soon as possible. send my regards to Peivand, Ma’man and Martha Rezai Please.
    with love

  11. soheil naimi

    June 11, 2009 4:23 pm

    “… آنچه در قلب خطور نماید و یا قوه خیایه آنرا ترتیب دهد لدی الله از برای اولیائ حاضر و موجود و مخلوق و منتظر در این صورت حزن جائز نه” ترانه جان محزون نباش چه که “ایام خوش رحمانی آید وساحتهای قدس ربانی جلوه نماید و جمیع شما ها را در آن ایام رزقی معین وعیشی مقرر البته به جمیع انها رسیده فائز گردید “

  12. Roya and Behzad Jafari

    June 13, 2009 1:59 pm

    Taraneh jan allah’u’abha,
    What a wonderful gift. Happy birthday.
    We all pray for your mum and all other prisoners and their families. and admire your steadfastness.


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