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Mahtob Mahmoody: An Emotional Journey 30 Years After ‘Not Without My Daughter’

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In 1984, 5-year-old Mahtob Mahmoody and her mother, Betty, found themselves trapped in Iran by their abusive father and husband, Sayed Mahmoody. Through a harrowing journey, they managed to escape and move back to the United States, where they spent years hiding in fear. In part to raise more awareness, Betty wrote a memoir about her experiences, Not Without My Daughter (St. Martin’s Press, October 1987), which became an international phenomenon. Their lives quickly changed and soon they were interviewed by Oprah and a movie of the same name starring Sally Field was released in 1991. It’s been 30 years since she left Iran, but Mahtob can still recall details that would escape most young children. She recently published her first memoir, My Name…

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