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Anonymous posts on 3/27/2013 2:02:43 PM Just watched the movie. . again after many years. I will include Im my prayers. . all the women who are going through this terrible ordeal. How is your daughter after all that has happened to her? What a wonderful thing for her to have YOU for her mother.
Jaime Mortensen posts on 3/11/2013 8:04:22 PM I am a mom to 3 children in the United States and am having trouble with their father. He has had coustody since 2004 and now for 7 years he has cut me having off any contact to them. They are 12yrs 11yrs and 10 yrs. Two girls one boy.He changed phone number and address leaving me without contact for 7yrs. There is an order stating I am alowed to contact them 2 times a week and he has disabled that order. He is an Iraqi Refugee here in the US and I met him 14yrs ago 2013. I know a name and birthday for him and seen he has Refugee paperwork and a green card from the US and I went with him to US nutrilization office but he lost contact with me since then and I do not know if he recived his citizenship. I am trying to find the 4 of them and it is hard to communicate when I have found him witout the children. If anyone can help in this matter with information other then seeking coustody. As I have no address or phone#.
Cory posts on 2/22/2013 11:22:12 AM Dear Mrs. Mahmoody, I am in an English class called Woman as Hero at California University of Pennsylvania. We were told to seek someone we see as a hero interview them and do a presentation on why we believe they are a hero. I was wondering if there is anyway I can interview you via emial, telephone, or in person if you are in the area of Pennsylvania. I would really appreciate the oppurtunity to be able to hear your story from you. Hope to hear from you.

jayne posts on 1/12/2013 2:21:54 PM Dear Betty, I wonder if there is a need for a 'safe place' for women while they are either trying to escape as you did, or need a place to care for their children while going through the court system. I know of a large house that would fill the need. Please let me know if there is a need for this kind of place. Sincerely, JayneMiner
Ashwani Sharma posts on 12/21/2012 7:49:04 AM I am postgraduate in English Literature read a large number of books in last three decades . This one by Betty is one of the best and most memorable of all of then. Really, a big salute to her motherly instincts, never say die spirit,love for justice and equality and the moral duty to expose wrong doing rampant in humanity at many places.Thanks Betty, thanks a lot. Ashwani
marlyn posts on 12/15/2012 9:49:37 AM My daughter got out of Middle East - after a long battle. She went to the US Embassy with her four children. They refused to help-actually said they were not getting involved. She finally arrived here two years ago with help from individuals who realized and knew that children should never experience trauma in their lives. The excape was made possible by those who put their careers in jeopardy and by a lawyer who took the case because she has a heart of gold in addition to being an asset to the legal world. There are many cases out there - unfortunately many of the women are so severely controlled and brainwashed that it's like moving a mountain until she finally sees the light (sometimes too late).
ali posts on 12/15/2012 4:20:44 AM First I have seen the film in german and recently read the book.I think that Mrs. mahmoody has not been unbiased toward Iranian society. The time that the story is running we were living in tabriz and we were not as rich as moody's family but the standard of living and the form of eating food was very different from Mrs. mahmoody's description . I have been working sometimes at houses which were similar yo moody's and I can say that the were all western style .
Aaron Wisner posts on 11/12/2012 11:41:21 AM I am a student in Grand Rapids and I am doing a project in my English class about sacrifices for Love. Is there any way I could interview you for my project? I would be willing to meet you wherever you reside if you were to accept the interview. Thank you
daniel posts on 9/4/2012 6:49:24 AM i saw the movie - with sally field sad verry sad . im glad you found justice and escaped -i pity all women in abusive relationships and cultures and religions -and customs . i wish i could help but i woud not know where to start sadly . all i can say is - if your on dry land - it may take days or weeks but you can walk out -and when i would leave i would put as much ground between me and the family and husband as i could as fast as i could -because they seem to have everything locally covered .in many cases in countrys surrounding the middle east - at times many embassys may give sanctuary -if possible just not in the countrys that your stuck in .if it comes down to food and water and shelter transportation - just watch the bad seasons - plan several ways out in case one fails -and as the native american indians did "live off the land "- so learn about homelessness joblessness-hunting-traping fishing - making devices by hand and - just ask people for things as you go - and have a hustle -say your a widdow and have cancer and your going to see your extended family in another part of the country or another country .say your extended family is poor where you live so your traveling on foot -if authorities ask you for id -say the identification was stolen from you by thieves along with your money and food -you may have to get dirty scratched or bruised to look "robbed "and you may have to have a phone number the authoritys can call to verify your false name and false adress and situation of your health and your trip -so have a freind ready and have them answer the phone when you depart as a back up to your story . allways before your trip - be preparted for the worst - if your husband and family catch you aor the authoritys catch you or the border gaurds catch you . and return you . or imprison you . or worse - but also be prepared to "do things you would normally not do to stay free and stay alive and stay on your journey . if in lebanon or iran or syria or lybia or egypt - times are changing alot due to u.s. isreal and arab spring problems -so keep the faith and the hope alive quietly that there may be windows of opertunity soon :} .
Roula Chidiac posts on 9/1/2012 3:06:05 PM Dear Betty Mahmoudy, my name is Roula Chidiac and I am in the same situation as u were, except that I have 2 daughters. One with my ex-husband and one with me. I am in the northern part of Lebanon. We have been here for 2 and a half years. Initially, we were supposed to be coming for a 2 week visit and then everything changed. I went to the Canadian Embassy and they told me to give him the kids and go back to Canada. Margaret if 5 and Sophie is 3. I see Margaret once week for several hours. She has changed so much. He has her brainwashed against me. Please Betty can you offer and advice???
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