Jafar Yaghoobi, PhD, was arrested in 1984 for opposition to the brutal regime of Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, and was tortured and imprisoned for more than four years. He was released from prison in 1989 and subsequently escaped to Turkey before joining his wife and daughter in Germany. After settling in the United States, he worked as a genetics research scientist at the University of California, Davis, until his retirement in 2005. Since his retirement, besides writing his memoir, Let Us Water the Flowers: The Memoir of a Political Prisoner in Iran (Prometheus Books, April 2011), he has been active in bringing attention to human rights violations and abuses in Iran.
Let Us Water the Flowers is a memoir of his experiences of the 1980s in Iran as an activist and a political prisoner. To date, it is the most comprehensive English-language memoir by a survivor of the 1980s mass killings, in which he recounts his personal experiences as a political prisoner as well as testimonials of those who shared the ordeal. It includes an introduction that explains the events of the 1980s within the larger context of the twentieth century Iranian history, an epilogue that describes the traumatic effects of imprisonment on survivors and their families, a glossary, and a list of resources for further research. Let Us Water the Flowers is essential reading for Americans trying to understand the complexities of Iranian politics and the nature of the current regime, many of whose leaders were involved in the events described.
Event time: 7 - 9pm