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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Angel of Iran!

Nedā is the Persian word for "voice", "calling" or "divine message".

Paula B. Slater:

Neda has become known as The Angel of Iran, The Angel of Freedom. I was so saddened by the senseless murder of this lovely young woman that I wanted to turn the pain I felt into art. So I sculpted this life size bust of Neda and when it is cast in bronze I hope it can help to memorialize this Angel of Iran. The Iranian government banned Neda's family from even having a memorial for her. However, you will not be forgotten Neda. It is my prayer that countries around the world will hold memorial services for this Angel of Freedom.

Neda Agha-Soltan was a young Iranian woman who was shot in the heart by a government sniper while on her way to an Iranian election protest.

"She was a person full of joy," said her music teacher Hamid Panahi. "She was a beam of light."

Neda was a philosophy student, an accomplished singer and was passionate about music and travel. She was also studying to be a tour guide and had traveled to Dubai, Turkey and Thailand.

Neda was engaged to be married.

Nedā is the Persian word for "voice", "calling" or "divine message".


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