Safe in Chicago but never far from their flight

Ataee family

By Fariba Pajooh When Soghra Ataee and her four children go grocery shopping in Chicago, they melt into the crowd. Their tortuous 7,500-mile, 15-year journey to get here from Afghanistan is their private secret. But the memory of that trip never escapes them. “I have been like a stray cat, picking my children up in […]

Chicago Bahá’ís seek support for Iranians

Tooraj Talebi, a Baha'i refugee, came to the U.S. 30 years ago

By Duke Omara In 1984, 19-yearold Tooraj Talebi made a mad dash across the Iranian desert towards Pakistan, enduring sleepless nights, numerous police check points and human traffickers. He didn’t have a final destination in mind. But he knew he had to get out of Iran, find a place where he could practice his religion […]