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Paola and Maziar's Story

August 3rd, 2009
06:32 PM ET

LONDON, England - Paola Gourley smiled as she flicked through her photo album with me earlier today. She was showing me shots of her husband – filmmaker and journalist Maziar Bahari. But her smile masked what can only be described as a period of utter misery. Six weeks ago Maziar was arrested at his mother's home in Tehran following post-election demonstrations. He'd been covering the elections for Newsweek magazine. Paola has heard nothing from him since then.

Paola is six months pregnant and as we flicked through the album she stopped at one shot in particular: "This is a special photo. Unfortunately Maziar wasn't here when it was taken, he was supposed to be. It's the twenty week scan of the little baby."

My heart goes out to Paola, Maziar and their as yet unborn child.

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