Betty Mahmoody Message Board
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???
Anne posts on 6/24/2012 2:55:50 AM
I just re-watched Not Without My Daughter. I am going through a similar situation and just finished a Hague trial with very just results (thank God). I am now being encouraged to go public with my story, as you did, but I am afraid. I would love to be able to correspond with you about this, get your thoughts and share my story with you. Please contact me and I will share more information including my name so you can verify the case and look up the judge's findings.
Shatona posts on 4/21/2012 1:48:23 PM
I am a huge fan of Betty and her heroic escape from Tehran. I don't know if this is Moodys real facebook, but becareful Betty looks like he is trying to find you. This is what his info said on his facebook. " Hello! My name is Sayed. I am from Iran. I have a wife named Betty. and a beautiful daughter named Mahtob. Recently, my family went on a trip to Iran to visit our fmaily. When it was then that I realized how much I missed my home county and wanted to stay there. I told my wife that we were not going to leave, and that we were going to stay perminantley. Apparently she didnt like that idea. So she a ran to turkey where she got some help from people and sent back to the U.S. If you could help me find her i would be very grateful and thankful for a lifetime. thank you, Mr. Mahmoody.".. Please be very careful Betty
Mitrs posts on 4/20/2012 2:45:03 PM
Hi dear Betty
Glad to find a way to contact you. I have a child who was abeducted by her father when she was 5 years old to Iran.( we are not living in Iran). it was almost impossible to get her back but not impossible to god. my daughter was showing her interests to watch the movie not without my daughter amazingly she become interested not that i told her. hoping to hear from you since my email address is entered .
Carol Sakaguchi posts on 1/31/2012 5:57:33 PM
Hi Betty, I read your book for the first time probably 15 or more years ago. Because of the situation in the middle east it seems that your story is timeless and applies to today as well. Are you familiar with Ayan Hirsi Ali and especially her first book. She now works with the American Enterprise Insitute and I wondered if you have ever worked with them? I would love to hear an update of your life now and Mahtob. I am really glad that you were able to get out of Iran with your daughter but I do feel bad that Mahtob was unable to have a relationship with her father due to the circumstances. Thanks for sharing your story. Every couple of years I reread it. Sincerely, Carol Sakaguchi
Elisha posts on 12/19/2011 3:00:58 PM
When i see programming such as 'All American Muslim' i wish that Betty Mahmoody was interviewed more on national and cable shows for her input. I understand if she wants to live quietly as a private citizen but her story is so important to keep out there. Long ago, she was on Phil Donohue with other women in the same sitaution - would like to know if its on youtube.
marilyn budhu posts on 12/13/2011 3:21:07 AM
Dear Betty and Matab. I have seen the movie and read your book Not Without My Daughter and I can only say that you both are the most courages women I have ever encountered. Reading and watching broke my heart for what you had to go through and when you escaped I was thrilled, excited, relieved and overjoyed beyond belief. I felt as though I was in the background cheering you on. I was hoping I could say this to you and I can. Proud is an understatement for what I feel for you. I remember reading the story in the newspaper when this happened. I can only say that you are amazing both of you. Thank you for letting me share that with you and I really hope you are happy now. Sincerly Marilyn
Martin posts on 12/6/2011 2:02:41 AM
Hi Betty not sure if you read these but I just wanted to say how amazed I am with your story and so Happy for you both that it ended with your escape. I have read your story about 3 times and planning to read it again it is truely a touching and amazing story.
HUGS AND BEST WISHES FOR ALWAYS!
Rose posts on 11/9/2011 11:00:57 AM
I have belonged to this message board for years, and everytime someone posts, I make sure to read it. My heart goes out to those that are still caught in unhappy unions with men who are keeping them captive. I do not have that experience but read Betty Mahmoody's book many years ago when I was a young wife married to a verbally abusive and controlling man. It really resonated with me her feelings of isolation and emtional pain. During that time, I helped an Iranian woman that was living here in the US to an Iranian man that beat her and threatened her life if she tried to leave. A small group of my friends and I helped her leave him and I am proud we did that. Anyway, I wanted to say to you all that post, you are in my prayers.
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