Sarah Shourd’s mother says that her daughter needs medical attention, which may explain why Iran has agreed to let her go after months in custody when her captors allegedly ignored her condition. Shourd is one of three American hikers who were detained in July 2009, after the Iranian government claimed they illegally crossed the border with Iraq and accused the trio of spying. But in a surprise move, the government said it would release one of the three in a showing of good will to recognize the end of Ramadan.
Many say Shroud, Shane Bauer and Josh Fatal have been the innocent victims in a political standoff, but what matters to Shroud’s mother, Nora, is that her 31-year-old daughter, who just got engaged to the 28-year-old Bauer, gets the medical attention she requires.
During a phone call in August, Sarah informed her mom that Iranian jailers had refused her request to get treatment for a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells. She has been in solitary confinement in Evin prison. It’s unclear how advanced those conditions are, but she’s had them for months, which is not good.
The mothers of the three hikers did get to see their children once, and they’d hoped that the end of Ramadan would bring at least one release.
The three of them put out a statement maintaining their children’s innocence, and they continue to hope all three will be freed eventually.
Said the statement: “We hope and pray that the reports are true and that this signals the end of all three of our children’s long and difficult detention. Shane, Sarah and Josh are all innocent and we continue to call for their immediate release, so that they can return home together and be reunited with our families.”