June of 2013. 
 
There has been no change in Amir’s status for over a year. He is still in Evin Prison, and while not in as heinous conditions as he had been, the waiting and lack of contact is deadening to the soul.

I read an article recently about solitary confinement and it’s impact on prisoners. The head of Colorado’s Department of Corrections, as one of his first actions, spent 24 hours in solitary confinement. 

It completely changed his perspective on the practice, and the article helped to remind me of Amir’s situation. Like you, I have a busy life, and it is easy to forget about him in the rush of work and family. 

 
The Hekmati family doesn’t have that luxury, because Amir is an integral part of their life. In just this month alone, Amir’s brother in law finishes his residency program, his younger brother graduates high school, and his sister and her family move closer to his parents.
 
I’m sure his absence was felt strongly for each of these events, and sitting in his cell, if he managed to find out about them, they would have felt surreal to him. The brother who was Freshman or Sophomore when he last saw him graduating, the best friend and brother-in-law advancing in his medical career, and the sister who would have surely asked him to lend his help in moving her heavier furniture.
 
Think about the things you and yours have experienced in the last 1000 days. Something special happened. Come down and write it on the wall we will erect here in Lafayette Park, so we can celebrate life while remember a missing friend.
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