Thursday, June 18, 2009

"What I have witnessed"

A powerful note from a female medical student in Iran, translated from Farsi by a trusty reader.


Hello,

It's painful to watch what's happening.

I don't want anything to do with what has been said this far, as I neither have the strength nor the resilience to face all these unfathomable events.

I only want to speak about what I have witnessed. I am a medical student. There was chaos last night at the trauma section in one of our main hospitals. Although by decree, all riot-related injuries were supposed to be sent to military hospitals, all other hospitals were filled to the rim. Last night, nine people died at our hospital and another 28 had gunshot wounds. All hospital employees were crying till dawn. They (government) removed the dead bodies on back of trucks, before we were even able to get their names or other information. What can you even say to the people who don't even respect the dead. No one was allowed to speak to the wounded or get any information from them. This morning the faculty and the students protested by gathering at the lobby of the hospital where they were confronted by plain cloths anti-riot militia, who in turn closed off the hospital and imprisoned the staff. The extent of injuries are so grave, that despite being one of the most staffed emergency rooms, they've asked everyone to stay and help--I'm sure it will even be worst tonight.

What can anyone say in face of all these atrocities? What can you say to the family of the 13 year old boy who died from gunshots and whose dead body then disappeared?

This issue is not about cheating(election) anymore. This is not about stealing votes anymore. The issue is about a vast injustice inflected on the people. They've put a baton in the hand of every 13-14 year old to smash the faces of "the bunches who are less than dirt" (government is calling the people who are uprising dried-up torn and weeds)

This is what sickens me from dealing with these issues. And from those who shut their eyes and close their ears and claim the riots are in opposition of the government and presidency!! No! The people's complaint is against the egregious injustices committed against the people.

15 comments:

  1. Messages de soutien qui en provenance de France
    webradio ABout de souffle
    Iran, article 35
    http://audioblog.arteradio.com/a-bout-de-souffle

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  2. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

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  3. Wishing you strength and perserverence from the U.S.

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  4. This is very sad. My thoughts are with you in your struggle.

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  5. The Iranian government is out of line in the Iranian people's nation -- NOT the other way around. Practically the entire world supports you, stay strong!

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  6. Wishing you strength and perseverance from the UK.

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  7. Please know that many of us in the United States are watching and hoping -- hoping for regime change.

    My heart is breaking today as I read Twitter updates, watch the news, read on the Internet.

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  8. http://bit.ly/Oxn1J Basij killed her

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  10. The Iranian government is sick and must be shot down. I hope and pray that brave Iranian people will fight untill this evel dictator's will driving out of the country. I bless all of the brave heart peoples with Gods protection and power. You have our suporting and prayers

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  11. I wish there was something more, other than prayer and moral support, that we could do to help you.

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  12. On this, the FOURTH OF JULY - INDEPENDENCE DAY here in AMERICA...I cry for your country and I pray for all of you...for your safety and for your FREEDOM!!! FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!!! Right now there are so many among you whom are paying the highest price for ALL OF YOU knowing that they will surely die when going up against such a sadistic government as they are. May our Creator Bless you and keep you and may you and your sisters and brothers stay strong...strong enough to endure what is coming. It will get worse before it gets better but you have to STAND STRONG in GREATER NUMBERS than anyone ever thought possible and BRING DOWN THIS GOVERNMENT and take over your nation with FREEDOM at the helm! If you in IRAN are not free then none of us around the world are free. We stand with you in SOLIDARITY. You are our brothers & sisters.

    "FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!" R.I.P. NEDA & all whom have died for FREEDOM!!!!

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  13. What the 4th of July means to America is being proven by the blood of people in other countries who seek similar freedoms. A patriot like you will never be silenced, my prayers are with you and all who are in your shoes. Have hope, these are difficult times, and will be made worth it when Iran's people can stand with America's people in the knowledge of liberty. Love, Matthew.

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