Freed Hiker Recounts Prison Marriage Proposal

Sarah Shourd says 'life will not resume' until friends are free
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2010 2:31 PM CDT
Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans arrested and imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges after violating its borders, listens during an interview in New York, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – Sarah Shourd, the American hiker released by Iran, says that life "will not resume" until her fellow detainees are released. Shourd talked at length about her captivity in an AP interview: the monotony of solitary confinement, a brief hunger strike, the good cop/bad cop interrogations, and the brief interludes of exercise time when she could talk to her two friends.

The best moment came when Shane Bauer, her boyfriend, asked fellow hiker Josh Fattal for a moment of privacy during exercise time. They held hands, and he proposed to her using two pieces of string as engagement rings. "It's not what every person thinks of as romantic, but it was romantic for me," Shourd said.

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