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Misha posts on 4/26/2015 1:52:29 PM Dear Betty , I´m going to read all three books that you wrote - your story is amazing and I can´t stop reading it . If it was just a fiction, I probably wouldn´t read it at all. I don´t understand some people say you are anti-Iranian and that you said all Iranians are bad. You said several times just the very opposite in your book...I just wonder about one thing - in "Not without my daughter" you wrote that Turkish officials would have never deported you back to Iran, but in "From the love of a child" you wrote that they could have done it if you had been caught without valid passports. And Mahtob writes the same. So, which possibility was right? Do you know something about Amahl and your Iranian friends and helpers? Does Mahtob have any children? How many grandchildren do you have now? I´m sorry, I just would like to know something more about you. I would be happy if you answered at least my first question...Greetings from Czech Republic :-)
Anonymous15 posts on 4/13/2015 12:54:41 AM Betty and Mahtob Mahmoody I am so happy that you shared your heartbreaking story with the world. You are what we needed to get across to people who have or who are going through this similar situation. Your books and movie are so heart touching and reaches the depth of my soul. I can feel the sadness in that movie and can imagine the tragedy and the memories you have deep down from what you had to go through. It was indeed a life changing experience. I understand how Muslim fathers and Middle Eastern culture can be as I am part Arab and been through a similar situation in a way. I never knew my father but when I was 2 years old he went back to his home country because of a war in 1991. I remember my mother told me that he used to threaten her that he would kidnap me and take me to the middle east. Although I never met my father I still had a fear inside me when I was young that he would do this. I felt it deep down it's hard to explain but I just had a sense of knowing. My mother has lived in some fear through my younger years growing up. I found your movie "Not without my daughter" and I cry every time I watch it because me and my mother could have been through this very situation. I saw myself as the young character and my mother as the strong mother character played by Sally Field. This could have easily been us. My mother had a friend that this happen to. My mother's friend was married to a Saudi Arabian man and had children with him and he took them from her and went back to his country and she never heard from her kids again until this very day. I been around arab people my whole life since I was a young girl that is why I value this movie so much. This happens more than people realize. I love my culture very much and respect Muslim people because I know that even though the culture can be very strict I know that you cannot judge all of them because there will always be a bad apple no matter what culture or religion someone is. I am now in my mid twenties and I have many arab friends. I was raised by an arab muslim step father and he was a great guy! Because of him I became a muslim! I love my culture and religion very much and I am happy that this experience didn't bitter you from all Persian and Muslim people and I hope Mahtob can forgive her father in her heart and not hold any bitterness toward her culture and people but be proud she is part Persian because it is a beautiful culture. You and Mahtob will always be inspirational women to me and to thousands of others. I wish you and your daughter the best in life and I'm so happy that you two are happy and can be forever! Again you 2 are truly inspiring and you touch the heart to those who watch your movie and read your books. "Not without my daughter" will always be remembered even many years down the road to come! God bless you and your family.
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 Dear Betty, 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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