Lori’s Song by Lori Foroozandeh


lori1Reviewed by Cy Hilterman

Lori Foroozandeh grew up as a much-abused child, sexually and mentally. She began to wonder what was normal in life and if the “games” her family played with her were good or bad for her. As it always turned out, they were extremely bad for Lori. Her “tickling” episodes turned into so much more than tickling. The only reason I emphasize the abuse is so you can realize what much of the rest of her life became because of abuse. She got to the point where sexual and physical abuse was something she grew to accept as being normal.

Lori originally married at age fifteen to a much older man when she felt she had to emancipate herself. That marriage didn’t last very long. At seventeen she joined the army and fell in love with her recruiter and got pregnant at once. They got married after he had gone AWOL and was given a dishonorable discharge. Lori did go to army training and was selected in a group to see how women reacted in combat. Lori went AWOL several times and finally decided the army was not for her future. Several years later she was caught and was separated from the army. Lori’s life had become quite wild!

When twenty-seven, Lori met her next husband, Mohammad Foroozandeh, who also had children. He talked her, or in reality, forced her to go to Iran where he said things were changed so much for women and her wild record in the United States would be over. Upon arrival in Iran, Lori was forced into wearing the Muslim clothing. Lori became a teacher of English. She hated living in Iran with all the customs she had to follow and to add to the misery, Mohammad started hitting and slapping her even more so when he found out Lori was trying to find a way back to the United Sates.

Mohammad and Lori were kidnapped while together on the streets but each was taken to a separate place. These places were camps, certainly no camps as we know them. From here on things went downhill fast for Lori. She was chained 24/7 to another girl. They received little food most of which they scrounged from what the guards of the camp threw on the ground or got water from mud puddles. They ate insects, rats, or whatever they could catch, mostly raw. Was it Mohammad’s drug dealing that caused her to be in such a place? She didn’t know.

This went on for months and in various camps as they moved her from one to another. They were yanked from their sleep or rest, taken to another area of the camp, and were tortured and repeatedly raped. The soldiers would take their turns with each woman doing what he wished to them. The women got to the point of just staring in space as this was going on but there was no way for any human to get used to such a disgrace. Some of the things that occurred to them while in the camps are so gruesome that you will cringe as you read and wonder how they stayed alive. The truth is that many did not survive it.

As I read I wondered myself how any human could do such things to other humans. Some sadistic things would not be carried out on animals much less humans. I will stop here so as not to spoil any of the final parts of the book. Occasionally I would stop reading and think, “did this really occur in our world?” Only Lori and the many in her camp, many of who did not make it, know what they went through.



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