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Iran. He found the photo featured in this story
and sent it to Ali the same day that Ali shared
his story with NAFSA. "Seeing that picture
brought me a world of pleasure. I really want
to thank him for that. I lost all my pictures
when I was trying to leave [Iran]. Everything
of my past is gone, so a picture like that is so
valuable to me," says Ali, who plans to keep
the picture on his desk to remind him of those
carefree days gone by. The picture also gives
him hope that he will one day reconnect with
others with whom he has lost touch.
"I want to find the lost parts of my past life.
It is so important to me to be connected to
my past. Sometimes I think of it and remember someone, and I really want to see them
and see what happened. I have been looking
for a lot of people," he says. Ali is still searching for, among others, two American friends
with whom he traveled through Europe on
his way to the United States in the 1970s, and
his dream is to have a reunion of sorts. "What

I want to do is have a gathering. I have a really
strong love for these people. I would like to
reconnect and see how they are doing now
after so many years." For him, it doesn't matter how much of his life was taken from him.
It matters how much he can claim back.
Reflecting on this story, Ericksen is
grateful for the chance to have met and reconnected with Ali. "It is heartwarming just
to know that he is doing so well. I think there
is a special community among international
educators. When others heard this story, it
resonated with so many people. My story
may be a little dramatic, but every international educator has a story like this to share."
Ericksen, for his part, also has others
from his past that he would like to see again.
"The best student I had in my town would
come by after school and speak English and
talk about books. I certainly lost touch with
him after I left Iran, but ten or 11 years ago,
I came home and there was a message on

my answering machine." Ericksen was in awe
that his former student found him especially
at a time when access to the internet was
sporadic and risky. His former student is
now an attorney in Iran, and Ericksen has
pledged to meet him again one day.
Though Ali is hesitant to share personal
details that could cause problems for his family in Iran, he will gladly share his story of
friendship, hardship, and appreciation. "It's
always a pleasure for me to talk about my
past. I have nothing to be ashamed of, and I
am proud of what I achieved. I look at it as an
experience that was worthwhile, and what I
did was for a good cause, and I would still do
it if I had chance. I take this as my mission to
tell the world what we went through in the
80s and how many people lost their lives for
freedom and democracy."
IE
MICHAEL FEIGHNER is assistant editor at
NAFSA.

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