Amir’s mother is allowed to fly to Iran to visit her oldest son. I do not know how that conversation went, but I can imagine how bittersweet it must have been.
She got to see her son, and he got to see his mother, but the threat of an execution hung heavy over the reunion.
All this time, the family had been trying to keep his ordeal out of the news. This was no doubt sound advice, but it must have made for a lonely vigil. It was only later, after the low-key approach did not seem to have the desired effect, that the Hekmati’s chose to appeal to us for support for Amir’s cause.
Given that, the weight on Mrs. Hekmati’s shoulders as she saw her son must have been nearly unbearable.