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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Iranian defector hiding in South-East Aisa tells story

I'm sitting on a riverfront bench in Phom Penh, Cambodia. In my hand there's a bottle of tea, imported from Singapore. Next to me is sitting Fatima (not real name) from Iran.

How old are you? Where were you born?
- 32. I was born and raised in Isfahan, Iran. 
What's your profession?
- I'm a journalist. I have worked for several mentionable news outlets back in Iran. That's also the reason why I'm here today. 

 So you were critical of the regime? 
- Not openly... but I have made some suggestions... apparently even that was enough to get prosecuted.  

So you left Iran and came here. Why?
- First, I have no family to worry about. My aim is to get to America. That's why I'm here. I heard some people might be able to help me here in Cambodia. Also, it's easy to get the visa. 

Have you made contact with your people yet?
- Yes, I have. My papers are being taken care of.... I hope.... 

I wish all the good luck to you, Fatima. Thank you for talking to me. 
- Thank you.


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