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18 August 2009 Iran tehran VOA Interview with the rape victim's family

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Published on Aug 18, 2009

English Translation
Credit to: http://homylafayette.blogspot.com/
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Roja in Tehran:
I'm the sister... of one of these loved ones... He was released from Evin prison on Saturday. Unfortunately, my brother... he used to live in the provinces but he was studying here in Tehran... he was staying with me because I live in Tehran. Unfortunately... you can't believe it, you can't believe it... (her voice falters and she begins to weep) this boy who was an athlete, he used to wrestle in his hometown... his muscles were all knotted... you can't even imagine... he's become like a crazy madman, sitting in the corner. A mental patient. He doesn't say a word. We don't know what's wrong with this child. He doesn't speak. I wish he would speak. This child was a graduate student. He wasn't some uneducated person. Now he's become like a small child who has to be fed.

Host Ali Javanmardi:
Has he told you anything about prson, Miss Roja?

Roja:
He doesn't speak. We don't know what they did to this kid who was so tough. You couldn't push him around and he always said his piece. He's become so thin, he looks like an addict. I wish I could send you before and after photos so you could see what's happened to him. Our hearts are torn apart. One of these gentlemen [of the regime], these traitors, was saying something today. I heard him say, 'This nation is like an ember under the ashes.' He got that right. I'm not going to let this pass. They've broken my brother, destroyed him, but not me! I'm alive. I'll give the last drop of my blood!

Host Ali Javanmardi:
Miss Roja, we've reached the middle of the program. Can you stay on the line? We'd like to ask you some questions when we return after the newscast.

Roja:
I just hope the connection doesn't get cut.

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