Western Leader : December 9th 2010
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PHOTO: VANITA PRASAD By VANITA PRASAD In New Zealand Iranians of the Baha’i faith can live with dignity and freedom. But they can’t always in their homeland. This Saturday hundreds of people will celebrate that by walking from Henderson to One Tree Hill. Avondale resident Maxine Chan and her Iranian-born husband Del have organised the freedom walk to support the persecuted Baha’i people freedom. Ms Chan says despite its peaceful philosophy Baha’i people in Iran, who number around 300,000, have been increasingly persecuted since the Islamic Revolution of 1979. ‘‘It’s not recognised as a religion there and they don’t have civil or human rights because the Islamic leaders see it as a challenge against their religious institutions.’’ She says Baha’i people are not allowed to go to university and young men are usually sent to the front line of combat when performing their compulsory mili- tary service. ‘‘They use these men who don’t believe in combat as gun fodder,’’ she says. ‘‘They don’t even make the effort to return their bodies to their fam- ilies because they’re not recognised as humans – it’s one of the ways they are trying to get rid of them,’’ Ms Chan says. It was these conditions that forced Ms Chan’s husband Del to escape to Pakistan on foot with his mother and sister. He spent two years there before coming to New Zealand as a refu- gee. Del did not wish to publish his full name because his mother is still an Iranian citizen who could be penalised by the Iranian govern- ment if it were discovered he had spoken out. The couple, who met in New Zea- land, say the support they have received for the 23km walk has exceeded their expectations. ‘‘Our aim was to get 206 people walking to represent the number of Baha’is killed in Iran since 1979,’’ she says. ‘‘We’ve got people coming from Whangarei and Hamilton to join us and there will be a walk mirroring us in Raglan.’’ Starting from the Baha’i national office in Henderson, the walk has been divided into seven parts to rep- resent the seven Iranians recently imprisoned for 10 years for conspir- ing against the government. Ms Chan says this is a common accusation. There are approximately 4000 people of the Baha’i Faith living in New Zealand. ❚ Visit www.bahaifreedomwalk.org for more information. Trust supports appeal for burns centre microscope ‘ One of the fundamental wishes of the couple was to support plastic and reconstructive surgery research and associated medical issues ’ Chris Horton Trustee Sir William Manchester continues to make a contribution to plastic surgery nearly a decade after his death. The trust set up in his name and that of his wife Lois has contributed $10,000 to Operation Heal. The project, co-ordinated by the Mad Butcher and Suburban News- papers Community Trust over the past five weeks, has raised $230,000 for a state-of-the-art operating microscope for the National Burn Centre at Middlemore Hospital. The trust was formed with family funds after the top plastic and reconstructive surgeon died in 2001. Sir William was responsible for setting up the first civilian plastic surgical units in the New Zealand public hospital service – first in Christchurch and later at Middle- more Hospital. Sir William and Lady Lois spent a large part of their lives living on Jeffs Rd in Flat Bush. ‘‘One of the fundamental wishes of the couple was to support plastic and reconstructive surgery research and associated medical issues,’’ trustee Chris Horton says. ‘‘He was the leading plastic sur- geon in Auckland in his day – it was one of his main objectives.’’ Sir William had a long and dis- tinguished career in plastic and reconstructive surgery and was knighted for his contributions in 1987. ‘‘We think it’s important because the burn unit requires the new equipment. It’s very intensive sur- gery and they need the best equip- ment,’’ Mr Horton says.
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