Two Americans hikers held captive in Iran for several months have recently gotten engaged. Both of their mothers, who have pleaded the Iranian government for their safe return, visited them for the first time this week and could confirm the announcement. Both Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were detained in Iran, along with Josh Fattal, after allegedly crossing the Iranian border by accident. The three Americans were on an expedition hiking through Iraqi Kurdistan. While Bauer and Fattal share a prison cell, Shourd is being held alone, though she sees the other two twice a day for thirty minutes.

Bauer apparently fashioned engagement rings from the threads of his shirt. He proposed to Shourd during one of their daily thirty-minute visits. “Sarah couldn’t wait to show me her ring. It’s one of the things that keeps her going–knowing that she and Shane have this unbreakable bond and a friend in Josh who will always be there for them.” Sarah’s mother said.

American Hikers in Iran

Bauer’s mother, Cindy Hickey, announced the engagement in a joint statement from each of the mothers.  “Shane told me he proposed to Sarah in the yard of Evin Prison on January 6th, the very same day that we applied for our visas to go visit them.  We’re all so overjoyed at the news but its obviously impossible to know when a wedding will take place.  We just hope and pray that Iran will do the right thing and release them so they can get on with their lives.”


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