Neda’s death. Eyewithness
As you might have read in Paulo Coelho’s blog, I was the doctor who tried to save Neda. I am the person in the video who tries to control her bleeding… in vain. I was the one who looked into her eyes, right before they lost their light forever. A famous Iranian writer called Sadeq Hedayat once wrote: ‘There are sores which slowly erode the mind in solitude like a kind of canker.’
I have to live with this sore. But I am going to tell the story soon.
I have been an Iran watcher and visitor for the past thirty years and have worked with many Iranian people in the Middle East. For the first time ever I feel that Iran is about to turn a corner and move from the shadow into the light.
I believe sincerely that countries and people should guard their culture and traditions with pride, but with that comes responsibility. I know that most Iranians are good muslims who simply want to live in a country free of repression and cynicism.
We have all watched the last seconds of Neda in this world yet, she is a strong beacon for you and the Iranian people who want to see a better world. Like a lighthouse in the sea, she will guide you all past the rocks and through the stormy waters still to come.
Hers is a message of hope, for women and men alike. Her death is not in vain.
God speed the journey of Mr Mousavi and all the friends and admirers of Neda’s sacrifice.
Dear Dr. Hejazi,
I am but a painter and can not attempt to feel your pain or anger. But I do want you to know that the world is with you. My best friend, Phil Cousineau is a writer like you and Paulo Coelho. And what makes the world smaller is that Phil’s wife is Jo Beaton did the publicity for Paulo’s marvelous “The Alchemist” when it was first published in the USA.
And my dear friend, Yareli Azimendi did the first audio book version in the US as well. She was in the brilliant Mexican film “Like Water for Chocolate” where she met her husband Sergio Arau.
We are all “warriors of light” to use Paulo’s term and we all defy the boundaries of clan or nationality. We feel the pain of you and your country and we are with you.
I have seen the masages spreading out all over and the bravary and responsibilities carried by you and the others on this critical time for Iran. Please accept our admiration and pride for an effort to annouce the reality of what is going on in the streets at this time and risking your lives to reveal HAGH. VIVA IRAN, VIVA DEMOCRACY…