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Mary Elizabeth posts on 5/14/2009 10:26:06 PM As an American I lived in Iran with my Iranian husband and my one year old Daughter in 1983. I left my American passport in Swiss and was in my husbands passport with mine and my daughters photos. No way could I get out without him, the San Francisco consulate issued this illegal passport. But I did not have the same issues as Betty, I was a blonde blue eyed Irish American 5'9 selling Cosmetic's and clothing I brought from American to shops in Theran and even Mashad. No bombs dropped in Therian and no police stopped me about my blonde hiar showing. I had an amazing time, so I feel that the story is a bit over the top. She must have not even known anything about the culture to freak out so much, that was her first mistake, telling her husband HE was Wrong. Well maybe I better write my own story. stay tuned. MEM.
Mary Beth posts on 5/12/2009 6:11:20 PM I read the book years ago, and loved the movie. I think it is important to try and see this from the writers point of view, as it was her experience. I don't think that she is intending to belittle people who live in Iran, as a matter of fact I think she shows thier devotion to Islam and respect of the of the rules their gov't has imposed quite well. But, in her experience her husband plotted, lied and cheated her of her right to make important decisions for her own life and the life of her daughter. I am so happy that she has told her story.
Mary posts on 4/26/2009 2:46:40 PM Karen, The movie from the husband's point of view is "Without My Daughter". You can purchase it from a website but it is a bit expensive. It has been posted on youtube, though, so you can watch it there as well. Good luck!

A. Ahmad posts on 4/25/2009 6:42:07 PM I have been married to a Pakistani citizen for 6 years. We now have a beautiful 1 year old daughter together. My husband is expecting to recieve his green card soon and immediately wants to return home to visit the family he hasn't seen in over 10 years. I am terrified that my future will mirror Betty's. I need help. How do I find the resources to protect myself and my daughter?
Oscar Barrón posts on 4/8/2009 6:21:13 PM To Karen Bennett. I guess the book and movie inspired by Moody (Betty's husband)is titled Not With My Daughter, but i am not really sure about that.
Nur posts on 4/6/2009 8:40:59 AM I am Nur, I am mother to one child, the child and I were '' trapped'' in an Islamic country for a number of years. It is not a good situation to find oneself in. If you as a woman are currently in this situation then you need to be very level-headed, timeous and strong for your children. Read as much as you can and do not be shy to seek advice from others, don't try to solve the problem alone... it's complicated and you need to be VERY patient.
Oscar Barrón posts on 4/3/2009 11:15:00 AM I first read this story in 1996, when Reader's Digest published it in Mexico in Spanish. I discovered it by chance and I loved it. At that time, as being Mexican, catholic and, I have to admit it, uninterested in foreign politics, I did not know the existing tension between the US and Iran. After reading this book I have reallized we have to open our minds to other cultures and become more tolerant. Keep going, Betty.
Lord Jetanie Knight posts on 4/2/2009 12:30:40 PM Dear Betty, I am a student at Ovid-Elsie School and I listen to your address last week in Ovid. Now I read down the post of many people. One that stands out is Reza. He asked you to be Honest, Be Honest in capitol letters. My reply to him is to be honest, be honest about what happened to Mona. Happy Naw-Ruz to you, Jetanie
Mac posts on 3/27/2009 6:46:47 PM The book is Not Without My Daughter, is readily available (look in Amazon) and was made into a movie of the same name, starring Sally Field.
Karen Bennett posts on 3/27/2009 12:08:49 PM I believe I heard that Moody either published a book or did a movie about their daughter. Does anyone know the title and if it can be purchased or viewed in the US. Thanks.
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