The days and weeks that followed our robbery in Tehran have been a rollercoaster. The sheer distress and heartache of losing so many of our precious and vital possessions left us with the awful desperate feeling that this might be the end of our trip. We started to feel unsafe and panicked in the city, emphasised by the deterioration of the film project we had be invited to join in Iran.
The only thing that saved us has been the help and support from friends new and old, near and far and the kindness of strangers in Iran who have offered everything from places to stay, meals, equipment and travel assistance.
We have seen hospitality here in Iran like no other country, I don’t think we have travelled on the Metro once without leaving the train with a dinner invitation. Following our robbery we received so many emails and messages from people offering assistance that it was simply humbling. People have given time and effort to help us get back on our feet, going out of their way to help two foreigners. Kind strangers helped us translate documents, took days off work so they could assist with police, offered a place to stay, invited us for dinner and donated essential equipment necessary for us to continue. So many friends around the world and in Iran shared our plight through various social media channels, eventually reaching people with connections and the capacity to help us.
Back home our good friends Mike and Sarah took it upon themselves to set up a fundraising page to allow friends and followers who wanted to help us to continue our trip a way to do so. The response has been staggering. To Mike and Sarah and everyone who has been so generous- you have literally saved us. Thankyou from the bottom of our hearts.
We came to Iran to show the world what a wonderful country this is. In an unfortunate twist of fate, with the terrible event that occurred here, we have managed to achieve this more than we could have planned. Through adversity has come strength and friendship and we hope this story of generosity and kindness between people of differing countries and cultures will shine bright in a dark time of suspicion, hatred and mistrust in our worlds history.