The families of Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal, and Sarah Shourd,
the three hikers detained in
We know from
speaking with journalists who have endured imprisonment that these letters
provide an enormous emotional lift, helping to break the overwhelming feeling
of isolation. If you would like to write a letter, you can send it Free the Hikers,
More information is available at freetheihkers.org.
The letter I sent is below:
November 16, 2009
Dear Shane, Josh, and Sarah,
The people who are holding you in Evin Prison may want you to believe you are alone and the world has forgotten you.
Don’t believe them.
There are thousands and thousands of people around the world who are thinking of you every day and working for your safe return home.
I wish you all strength and look forward to the day very soon when I have a chance to meet you in person.
All my best,