My name is Mina Rastgoo. And this is my real name. You've asked me to tell you why I can't return to my country. But I must tell you how I left.

Five women, seven small children and two teen-age boys. Running. Only a few minutes to get to the other side while the train blocks the border patrolsÕ view. Missed it last night. Have to make it tonight. Tired children. Start running when Mehri says Run. Leave everything else behind. Leave your country behind... There is no ground, no rocks, no thorny bushes, no heavy, frightened child hanging from my neck, no parents waiting to hear from me, no Jamshid in prison wondering if IÕm alive. I remember. No life. No death. Just running.