In what would become an iconic photo, Ahmad Batebi held aloft a blood-stained T-shirt of a friend who had been severely beaten during the Iranian Student Protests of 1999. The photo’s appearance on the cover The Economist lead to Batebi’s arrest, conviction and a 10-year prison sentence for “creating unrest” by the Iranian courts.

While on leave to receive needed medical treatment, Batebi escaped:

He suffered a partial stroke that left the right side of his body without feeling. He needed medical attention. The regime did not want to be blamed for him dying behind bars, he says, so he was allowed out for treatment. Three months ago, on the day of the Persian new year, he escaped into Iraq. On June 24th he arrived in America.

Tragic and inspiring.