For a short time, the Iranian conjoined twins, Ladan and Laleh Bijani, grabbed the world's attention and brought people from across the planet earth together in praying for them and in wishing a successful outcome for their separation surgery. And when Ladan and Laleh left us, it wasn't just Iran that wept for them. Many people around the world felt the loss and were saddened and heart broken. The twins had left us, all of us, and everyone felt so powerless to change that fact and to bring back the lost hopes. But they left us something worth pondering. They brought the people of this planet close together for a short time. And that is not something that will be lost or forgotten.
On the second day of the surgery, we received the following email from Zimbabwe:
Wishing Laleh and Ladan a successful operation.
Dr Hazel Mubako Zimbabwe
A couple of hours later, another email arrived from Australia:
Sir,,,As my thoughts are with 'your' twins at the moment as they face their ordeal. can you please tell me what piece of music ( composer) is being played in the operating theatre so that I may do likewise.
Good luck to you all.
Alan ( Australia)
And the next day, when the twins had left us, we received the following from an American in Nevada:
Hey, those Bijani girls caught the imagination of us Americans too. I'm very sorry they didn't make it. I guess God got His way. I only wish He would have allowed them to look directly into each other's faces before he took them.
Bob Murray, Carson Valley, Nevada, USA
We then received the following from one of our Iranian readers in Germany:
Salam to you, dear Payvand,
I would like to express my deepest sorrow over the death of Laleh and Ladan. Like so many other 'total strangers' to them, I can't stop my tears over their death. They declared to have a choice only between death and personal freedom. So typical for a whole generation: the incredible importance of having one's own choice on one's destiny. An odd coincidence with the eve of Tir 18th, the marking of the very same desire ..
I can't describe how sorry I am for the death being the one who won this battle. rouheshan shad bashad, may their souls rest in peace. Amen.
A persistent reader of your web page in Munich,
These emails, from four people living in four parts of the globe, are a reflection of the thoughts of many during the last few days. And they show how Ladan and Laleh touched us all and brought us together.
May they rest in peace.
... Payvand News - 7/9/03 ... --