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Twins Receive Nobel For Absent Mother

December 11, 2023 12:29 IST
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When the Nobel Prizes were presented at Oslo's City Hall, Norway, on Sunday, December 10, 2023, Narges Mohammadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year, was absent.

Nargis was thousand of miles away, in an Iranian prison, imprisoned by Tehran's tyrannical ayatollahs for her campaign against the oppression of women in the so-called Islamic republic and the fight for human rights and freedom for all.

The 51 year old was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment for establishing a human rights movement for the abolition of the death penalty in May 2016.

Though she was released in 2020, Nargis was sent back to prison in 2021.

Her teenage twins, Kiana and Ali Rahmani, accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on her behalf.


IMAGE: Nobel Laureate Narges Mohammadi is currently on a hunger strike in Iran's Evian prison. Photograph: Mohammadi family/Handout/Reuters


IMAGE: Berit Reiss-Andersen, who heads the Nobel Committee, presents the Nobel Prize to Kiana and Ali Rahmani. Photograph: NTB/Javad Parsa/Reuters


IMAGE: Kiana and Ali, who are 17 and live in Paris with their father Taghi Ramani, accepted the award on their mother's behalf. Photograph: NTB/Fredrik Varfjell/Reuters


IMAGE: The empty chair between Kiana and Ali Rahmani is for their mother who wasn't present at the award ceremony. Photograph: NTB/Fredrik Varfjell/Reuters


IMAGE: Kiana and Ali Rahmani listen to the Nobel citation for their mother. Photograph: NTB/Fredrik Varfjell/Reuters


IMAGE: 'The Iranian people, with perseverance, will overcome repression and authoritarianism. Have no doubt, this is certain,' Narges said in a letter smuggled out of Iran, which Kiana and Ali read out at the award ceremony. Photograph: NTB/Fredrik Varfjell/Reuters


IMAGE: Hamidreza Mohammadi, Narges's brother, arrives for the award ceremony. Photograph: NTB/Javad Parsa/Reuters


IMAGE: A picture of Narges Mohammadi on the wall of the Grand Hotel in central Oslo before the Nobel banquet. Photograph: NTB/Javad Parsa/Reuters


IMAGE: The day before the award ceremony, December 9, 2023, Narges's husband Taghi Rahmani and her children, pose for pictures after signing the guest book at the Nobel Institute. Photograph: Frederik Ringnes/NTB/Reuters


IMAGE: Kiana and Ali Rahmani at a media conference at the Nobel Institute, December 9, 2023. Photograph: Frederik Ringnes/NTB/Reuters


IMAGE: Narges's family and Berit Reiss-Andersen meet the media. Photograph: Frederik Ringnes/NTB/Reuters


IMAGE: Ali speaks to the media as his father, sister and Reiss-Andersen listen in. Photograph: Frederik Ringnes/NTB/Reuters


IMAGE: Taghi, Kiana and Ali after the media interaction. Photograph: Frederik Ringnes/NTB/Reuters


Photographs curated by Manisha Kotian/
Feature Presentation: Ashish Narsale/

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