(08/30/13) - The mother of Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine from Flint who has been held in Iran for two years, has released a letter that she wrote him.
The letter is below.
My Dearest Amir,
As of today, you have been away from me for two years. 24 months. 730 days. It is almost too much for a mother to endure but I am trying to be as strong as you. I look at your picture every day and long to hug my first born, my eldest child.
You are such a good person. You were taken from us for no reason but your father and I are awed by your strength. You left to be the good boy that you are to visit your grandmother who was sick; now I do not know when you will be home but I know it will be soon.
You are being tested and your father is as well with his cancer. Please remain strong. That gives your father strength.
We are so relieved that your situation is better now, that you are no longer in solitary confinement, that you have been able to receive some visitors and send letters. But I cannot begin to imagine the strength these past two years have required in order to survive, let alone stay positive. We are so proud of you for remaining optimistic.
I know this all weighs heavy. We are doing everything in our power to secure your release. We have faith in the power of Allah and remain faithful in the compassion of man that the right thing will be done – that an innocent man will be released.
Iran's new leadership may be an opportunity for this to happen. The overwhelming support that saw President Rouhani elected stems from his position as a fair and respected man. As he settles into his new role engaging other nations on the world stage, we are hopeful that your case will be reevaluated, Allah willing. I have heard there is a list of prisoners who may be released after the Eid.
We saw in the news the Omani Sultan visited President Rouhani this past weekend. He is a fair and righteous man who has helped others to be released from Iran. We are hopeful that he has mentioned your case.
Please know that you will never be forgotten and that we will continue to do everything to bring you home. Two years is too long; it is time to bring you home.
Your friends, family and everyone who has ever met you knows what a great, faithful and family oriented person you are and continue to pray and speak out on your behalf.
With the second year of your sentence coming to pass, take comfort in my words. We are close. Your family, friends and nation stand behind you.
We love you.
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