Witness Statements

Esmail, Fariba & Helma

Esmail, Fariba & Helma

Every member of the Shekoohi family paid a heavy price for converting to Christianity. For the father, it meant more than 3 years in prison, and 9 months in prison for the mother. For their daughter, Helma, who was just 12 years old, the impact was severe as both her parents were in prison.

Nima Rezaei

Nima Rezaei

My name is Nima Rezaei and I was born in 1979 in Sari. I became a Christian in 2006, and from that day on I started attending a house-church.

Atena Fooladi Helabad

Atena Fooladi Helabad

My name is Samira Fooladi Helabad, known as Atena, and I was born in 1984 in Isfahan, into an Azeri family. I have four sisters and one brother. We all grew up in Isfahan. I became a Christian in 2000 after being very attracted to the humility and love of Christ.

Ehsan Khoshgoo

Ehsan Khoshgoo

My name is Ehsan Khoshgoo. I was born in 1991 in Kermanshah [western Iran] and grew up in Tehran and Karaj. I was 19 years old when a friend spoke to me about Christianity and gave me a Bible.

Iman Shahvari

Iman Shahvari

My name is Ali Shahvari, and I was born in Tehran in 1968. After I became a Christian, I changed my name from Ali to Iman [which means “faith”], and everyone has called me by that name since then.

Marjan and Mani

Marjan and Mani

My name is Mohsen (Mani) Aliabady Ravari, and I was born in 1978 in Tehran. My wife Manizheh (Marjan) Bagheri was born in 1983 in Hamedan.

Leila and Peyman

Leila and Peyman

My name is Leila Fooladi Helabad and I was born in 1976 in Isfahan. And my name is Abbas Kiani, known as Peyman. I was born in 1975 in Khorramshahr.

Emma Safaei

Emma Safaei

My name is Azam Safaei, though now I prefer to be called Emma. I was born in 1977, and am originally from Khorasan [northeast Iran].

Parham Mohammadpour

Parham Mohammadpour

My name is Alireza (Parham) Mohammadpour, and I was born in 1990 in Nahavand, Hamadan Province, to a Laki-speaking family from the city of Harsin, in Kermanshah Province.

Iman Ghaznavian Haghighi

Iman Ghaznavian Haghighi

My name is Iman Ghaznavian Haghighi, and I was born in 1986 in Shiraz. My father passed away when I was 11 years old, so I had to study and work at the same time. A while later, I became a Christian and an active member of a Christian youth group.