Daylight Forever is the memoir about Mahvash Khajavi-Harvey's dark and lonely escape from a terror-filled childhood as a Baha’i in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution and the Iraq-Iran War.
Just as today's "Woman, Life, Freedom" protests in Iran highlight the effects of women's violent oppression, the 2019 memoir illuminates the consequences of war and religious persecution as well as the denial of education and basic human rights — and the lengths to which refugees will go to find a new life. Her daring journey is the only possible option for a frightened teenager who seeks safety, hope, freedom, education and a place to call home.
This memoir is a story of hope and resilience, tolerance and acceptance. Mahvash illustrates our shared human destiny through the power of community and compassion. Her “happy ending” of becoming a successful businesswoman in the United States is inspiring.
Troubled by the disturbing immigration and refugee crisis at the US southern border, Mahvash, now a US citizen living in Seattle, wrote Daylight Forever to encourage compassion, tolerance and acceptance.
KUOW's Bill Radke interviewed the author for his podcast on March 17, 2021: "Now when I think of war, I picture a little girl praying for a spaceship that saves her from the night bombings, by taking her to a place of light and peace," he says. "I feel her religious faith in that peace, and in diversity and unity. I feel our cruelty to each other, and the love that’s larger. I appreciate the refugees who walk away from love, and everything they know, and become a part of the American story."
Immigrants and asylum seekers go to great lengths to escape war, religious persecution and the denial of education and basic human rights to find a new life with safety, hope, freedom, education.
"No child should ever experience war"
Says Mahvash, her nightmares of war to this date hunts her some 40 years later. The trauma of war changes every cell in your body forever.
How can we sit back and let the Taliban limit education of girls to 6th grade in Afghanistan?
Is there any crime worse that?
Daylight Forever wholeheartedly supports the brave women and girls in Iran who have been protesting since late 2022, fighting for basic human rights and respect.
In 1852, at the age of 38, Tahirih a woman poet was executed for her religious beliefs and activities. Her last recorded words were, “You can kill me as soon as you like, but you will never stop the emancipation of women.”
Watch for the documentary called "Masking a Genocide" to be circulated widely soon. In more than 500 interviews of the Baha'is whose families have been persecuted in Iran since 1979, it is strong evidence of the genocide in Iran that continues today.
The 3 organizations named above all help empower underserved and immigrant women.
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