Shane Bauer, who grew up both in Onamia, Minnesota and San Leandro, California, is a freelance photojournalist and journalist who has worked for Pacifica News Service, Mother Jones, The Nation and other left-leaning media outlets, using his fluency in speaking Arabic.
Sarah Emily Shourd, who grew up in Los Angeles, California, worked in education and social justice in Damascus where she provided educational opportunities to refugees from the war in Iraq and taught English. Shourd was released by Iran on September 14, 2010 on $500,000 bail. Shourd's bail does not require that she remain in Iran, and her case will still go to trial along with Bauer and Fattal. Shourd's mother has said she had been denied treatment for serious health problems, including a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells. In May 2011, Shourd announced that she would not return to Iran for trial, citing acute ill-health.
Joshua "Josh" Fattal, who grew up in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, an environmentalist and educator, had been from January to May 2009 a teaching fellow for the International Honors Program (IHP)'s "Health and Community" study abroad program. Prior to traveling with the IHP, Fattal lived and worked at Aprovecho in Oregon, USA, exploring and promoting sustainable living practices.
At least, as we say, "they were doing what they love."
I’ve never heard a claim that these three are Jewish. If they are then that would have been part of why the Iranians freaked out so much.
I have never believed they were just “hiking”. Liberals are just flat-out dumb and they do dumb things. No sympathy here.
Very true. At least they've lived to learn from their mistakes. I wonder how much Sarah's decision not to return to Iran played into their decision to keep her two "friends." I don't blame her decision to stay put to avoid a probable stint in prison. But I wonder if, had she gone back to face the music with her colleagues, there was a fair possibility of release for all three or a sentence of time-served.
He should look at the silver lining. In eight years, he'll be fluent in Farsi as well.
But, she was strong enough to go hiking in a war zone.