And now for a heartwarming family moment: Belinda McKenzie and her “husband”, Esmail Vafa Yaghmaei, standing side by side to show their “solidarity with the people of Iran”.
If this were any sweeter, it could give you diabetes.
Looking a bit deeper, though, we find that perhaps things aren’t as rosy as they seem chez Yaghmaei-McKenzie. For example, there’s the small issue of Esmail’s son.
Just take a peek at this 2006 Report on systematic violation of Human Rights in MKO/NCRI Camp Ashraf in Iraq: http://www.payvand.com/news/06/sep/1209.html
Based on the documents, and testimonies of some former MKO members and their immediate families, the majority of the residents of Camp Ashraf are denied contact with the outside world and their families are banned from visiting them. Recently the Iraqi Government does not even issue visas to those families who hope to visit their relatives in this camp….
2. Amir Vafa Yaghmaei was a citizen of Sweden. He was able to leave Ashraf after 2 years with help of Swedish government. His father, Mr. Esmaeil Vafa Yaghmaei was so loyal to Mr. Rajavi at NCRI that he ignored several requests by his own son, who was 16 when sent to Iraq, and refused to help him. Amir was abused inside Ashraf and also in US Camp, TIPF, for almost 2 years.
Belinda, champion of the rights of children everywhere, is shacked up with a man who is so devoted to his political beliefs that he would allow his teen-aged son to suffer two years’ worth of abuse and isolation in a notorious prison camp, rather than lift a finger to help him. While other families worked desperately to contact their children and bring them home, Papa Yaghmaei turned his back on his child.
However, in his favour, we hear he writes some seriously awesome poetry. Here’s just a taste, from the blog “Belinda’s Spot” (we hate to speculate on what this could refer to…). http://bbelinda12.blogspot.fr
Isn’t that just too touching for words?
That is, if you like that sort of thing.