Defiance: A Chronicle of Courage
Nowhere is a woman's courage tested more than when she must escape the terrors of a revolution and uproot her family. This is a true story of one woman's courage, leaving a life of opulence behind to escape through thebrutal desert of eastern Iran with her two small children. Abandoned in the desert by those who had been paid to save her, would she watch her children die? Or could she save them? More
In 1978, Zahra had all that a woman could want. Her father, a general in the army of the Shah of Iran, had amassed a billion dollar fortune in land deveopment projects in the burgeoning city of Tehran. Once a month she shopped with her mother by private jet in Rome, Paris and London.
Extravagant parties for world leaders were almost a weekly event, and she had a wonderful husband and a beautiful infant daughter.
But all that changed in the drop of a hat. With the Aytollah Khomeini's return to Iran, the Shah fell, and with him, his generals and any others who were percieved as "rich". In a matter of months her father had lost his mansion, and all of his businesses and most of his fortune, as he narrowly escaped with his life. Zahra, his eldest child was left behind to try to save whatever was left, but was met with abuse and arrest.
Finally, after years of hiding from Khomeini's henchmen, she manage to secure a fake passport for herself and her two children. She could now escape through the brutal desert of eastern Iran. But,instead of a two-day journey by SUV, she was forced to walk through the unforgiving wasteland, abandoned by the one who was supposed to deliver to safety. Could she and her small children survive or would the desert take them as it had done to so many others?
And, even if she could survive, how would she be treated by any other government? Was she to receive the same abuse?