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My memories of Haleh

1 Jun 2011

■ Sepehr Tehrani

This is a true story.

I was only nine. Because of the surgery on my broken left arm, I had to stay in hospital for two weeks. One day my mum told me she had met a mother of one of her students in the room next door. Every day, the lady came to visit her grandfather, who was hospitalized next door. My mum asked me if I would like to see that lady, as she had told my mum she was interested in visiting me. I said that is was fine, as I liked talking to someone else other than my mum.

She entered my room. I saw a cute lovely young lady, who was sweet and beautiful, but her beauty did not have the nature of sexual attraction, or at least that was how I viewed her (I was too evil for a nine-year-old boy anyway). She was full of life. You could probably say she was born with that smile on her face, the smile which I don’t remember her being one moment without. Before starting usual cliché questions like ‘how did you break your arm’, ‘what are you doing here’ or ‘what happens with your school’, she just pointed her finger at a book which my sister had given to me. ‘Jane Eyre?’ she asked. ‘Wow, have you read that book ?’ I answered no, not yet, actually I was interested in reading Wuthering heights by Emily Brontë but they did not let me take it from my sister’s shelf, they said it was not for my age, I had a big quarrel with my sister, so when my arm broke, she bought this instead of Wuthering Heights. She told me it was written by Emily’s sister, Charlotte. ‘Would you like me to read it for you?’ I said yes and she started to read Jane Eyre. Everyday she came to visit me and read a few pages of Jane Eyre. I never got interested in Jane Eyre but I got so interested in her.

Her name was Haleh. She was so kind, so sweet, so lovely. I left the hospital and I could not say farewell to her, as she came in the afternoon and I was leaving in the morning. Her grandfather had to stay some more days in hospital. I never met her again, but just heard from my mum that she asked about me. Yesterday I read in the news that they had released her only for two days from the Iranian prison Evin to be able to attend her father’s funeral. Her father was one of the pioneers of the liberal Muslim party called ‘Movement of Liberty’. He had experienced prison both in the shah’s time and in the Islamic Republic, and he believed the Islamic one is truly a different story.

Today I read in the news that this morning, some official troops of the Islamic government had attacked the funeral ceremony of Haleh’s father, Ezatollah Sahabi. She had tried to protect her father’s corpse so they beat her till she died.

Yes she died, today, Haleh Sahabi died just next to her father’s corpse. And I think about how I stop hating them, even if I know very well that Haleh never could hate them.

 
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    تهران‌ریویو مجله‌ای اینترنتی، چند رسانه‌ای و غیر انتفاعی است. هدف ما به سادگی، افزایش سطح گفتمان عمومی در مورد ایده‌ها، آرمان‌ها و وقایع جهان امروز است. این مشارکت و نوشته‌های شما مخاطبان است که کار چند رسانه‌ای ما را گسترش داده و به آن غنا و طراوت می‌بخشد. رایگان بودن این مجله اینترنتی به ما اجازه می‌دهد تا در گستره بیشتری اهداف خود را پیگیری کرده و تاثیرگذار باشیم. مهم‌تر از همه اینکه سردبیران و دست‌اندرکاران تهران‌ریویو به دور از حب و بغض‌های رایج و با نگاهی بی‌طرفانه سعی دارند به مسایل روز جهان نگاه کرده و بر روی ایده‌های ارزشمند انگشت بگذارند. تهران ریویو برای ادامه فعالیت و نشر مقالات نیازمند یاری و کمک مالی شماست.