My graduate student Esha Momeni who was held for nearly a month in solitary confinement at the notorious Evin prison in Tehran and then banned from leaving Iran for almost 10 months has returned home to Los Angeles.
Esha retained her indomitable spirit even in prison, where she sang in her cell despite the admonitions of prison guards. You can hear her talk about this, the Iranian
election and more in an
amazing interview at the Daily Sundial.
Since her arrest last October, the very message Esha hoped to bring to the world — that Iranian women are strong and courageous instead of weak and passive as they are often stereotypically depicted — has been upended by the images spilling out of Iran: Women as a key element of the massive protests.
The Campaign for Equality, the women’s rights organization Esha was studying in Iran when she was arrested, provides an update on her return.
The LA Daily News has the story.