Betty Mahmoody Message Board
Elaine posts on 1/21/2017 4:23:57 AM
Dear Betty and Mahtob
I want to apologise. I watched your movie in 1991 as a 31 year old British woman married to an Iranian westernised man and thought how misleading your intrepretation of Iranians was. I had been with him since I was 17 and to Iran many times. I even married in Iran in 1981 during the midst of the revolution. I got your book from the library and read a few pages but read no more, feeling quite angry about it all. You were giving a lecture at Southampton university, just minutes from my home but I just couldn't go because I knew I would stand up and say you are wrong about Iranians. Here I am in 2016, now wanting to write a book about my personal life story of what has happened to me in my 35 years of marriage to an Iranian and how the Australian government have ignored and are allowing my husband's polygamy.
I wish I could rewind the clock and attend your lecture and speak to you. What prompted me to find you and write to you? I just watched Not Without My Daughter for the second time, now as a 58 year old woman and experienced a whole lot of different feelings.
I will look forward to reading Mahtob's book.
Please let me know if you are ever in Australia as I would love to meet you. Enshallah ...
Grace posts on 5/13/2016 10:37:21 AM
Dear Betty Mahmoody,
My name is Grace and I’m 12 years old, and I live in Austin, Texas. “Not Without My Daughter” was without a doubt one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I was interested in reading it because I am an American with many Muslim friends. Your book was amazing! It kept me entertained and rooting for you and Mahtob in every single page. What a life-changing experience that must have been for you! My friend’s dad lived in Lebanon when Israel declared war on them, so I know that the Middle East is not always a fun place to live. I haven’t read Mahtob’s book yet, so I really need to. It must have been horrible having been forced to wear a chador, and that even tiny Mahtob had to wear a roosarie.
Anyway, you’re a really good writer and a strong, amazing person, and I really admire you!
Your biggest fan,
P.S. Did you ever end up making your pilgrimage to Jerusalem? If so, I’d love to hear about how it was! I’ve always dreamed of going there.
fatema posts on 1/29/2014 6:21:05 AM
Dear Betty Mahmoody,I had read ur book when I was studying in college and was very inspired and touched by ur true story. A Child Gives Birth To A Mother , and I truly salute you for living upto it.
Am a mother too and am in ordeal myself. I have not seen my daughter 10 yrs of age now , since the past 3 yrs, she is in the Middle East, the ex husband refuses to send her back to me .The custody of the child is mine but she was taken away by her father. I need help o get her back from the middle east. Even the law In my country is not able to help. Please help me and please contact me on my email address. Awaiting a response thankyou
Roula Chidiac posts on 9/18/2013 9:26:55 PM
Dear Betty Mahmoody,
My name is Roula Chidiac and I am a Canadian Citizen who has returned back to Canada without my daughters. I was there for 3 years with my youngest daughter Sophie and my ex-husband had my oldest daughter Margaret. I wasn't getting anywhere in Lebanon and figured if I came to Canada, I would be able to get them back. Please Mrs. Mahmoody could you please contact me and help me in any way possible? I've been watching your interviews on youtube and you inspire me. I will never give up on bringing my daughters back to Canada.
Melly posts on 9/16/2013 1:52:34 AM
Where should i start? with the fact that you were a big part of my life, that your book was many years my bible, joining me in different countries in the fight against fanatic Muslims.I married a wonderful, educated, German man (100 percent german,not religious). After four year marriage, he decided to join one of the most fanatic muslim group in Germany.He was absolutely brainwashed,we could not recognize him any more. I ended divorcing him and fighting with him and his fanatic brothers and sisters over ten years for the first born boy. A story like in Hollywood movies, my life turned into a complete nightmare: Interpol,criminal police,courts of law,kidnapping and more.Instead of defending his own citizen,my child, Germany protected fanatic Moslems. It is unbelievable, what happens in the German system. I am trying to write a book,it is very difficult,because the past comes up,there is no forget and no forgive.Me and my child are safe in USA now, but their dead threats never ended (the last one received indirectly some weeks ago).I would love one day to meet you in person or at least on the phone. I became very strong (had no other option) and won all the battles, also because of your book and your story inspired me and gave me courage and strength to put up with such a dangerous, fanatic group.I wish you and your daughter the best, you helped indirectly and inspired many people. Your were part of my life and you will always be.love Melly
Saba Imtiaz posts on 8/2/2013 9:27:45 AM
Hi Betty,Yesterday,I was reading "My Feudal Lord" and immediately I felt the urge to contact you. I want to give you a true life story even more devastating than Tehmina's. I appreciate if you would contact me in your earliest possible convenient time and help me to put my story on paper. I am en educated liberated Pakistani women and nowadays based in UK.I look forward to hearing you. Regards, Saba Imtiaz
Diana posts on 7/22/2013 9:32:33 PM
I am writing on behalf of a friend. His son was taken by his biological mother on holiday and never returned. He has full custody, I believe she is a citizen of Czeckoslovakia and she enrolled him in school but got in trouble for never sending him and fled. Please, if you could help...he's exhausting every possible possibility and you give me hope. I wish you well and look forward to hearing from you or anyone that can possibly help. Thank you.
A mother of two posts on 7/22/2013 1:13:30 PM
Dear Betty, despite the comments that I read on your page, I admire your courage and the love of a mother, I too left the country the same way you did for the same reason. I had two children and my husband wanted to take them away from me. It was either to take the dangerous illegal rout to Turkey, or stay there and lose my children. I chose leaving. As I was watching the movie, I was in tears because I felt what you felt, I smelled the dirt as you were crossing the border, I felt the cold and heat. Difference was, when you got to Turkey, your problems ended, mine were just beginning.
Keri Hassell posts on 6/17/2013 6:00:22 PM
Hello,I have read the posts submitted and I see that it is a delicate subject to introduce.However,I too had been married to an abusive Arab and therefore I feel I have the right to speak up,as I fought for that right to do so.I'd love to converse with Betty,just as one woman to another that survived to tell the tale.I do understand the opinions of those that desire absolute secrecy of this issue.Well,I will not be silent,I have things to share that hurts no one.The truth is always welcome and anyones opinion should always be welcome.please ask betty to contact me.Thank you,keri
cougs1983 posts on 4/22/2013 9:52:35 PM
These types of "true story of me" situations should never go public. This is a very personal matter and it simply makes all Middle Easterners look bad the way you are making it a Hollywood frenzy. There is no need to start all these organizations and writing books. On a more positive note; the same situation happened to me back in 1996 and my mom was a brave soul, as were you. My mom and siblings have absolutely no grudges towards my dad and we all love him very much and visit the Middle East one or twice a year. Mahtob should have kept in contact with her father because he loves her. He went to Finland to meet her for God sakes (according to a documentary), and she never showed up.
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