NEW YORK – The mothers of three American hikers held for 10 months in Iran know that their visit with their children may be brief so they’ve thought about what they want to say and do.
Cindy Hickey wants to make sure her son and the two friends imprisoned with him see that there’s a future in which they’re free — a light at the end of the tunnel.
“We want to see our kids and let them know: We’re going to do everything we possibly can. … This will be done,” Hickey said Sunday after arriving in New York. The trio expect to fly to Iran within days.
Hickey’s son, 27-year-old Shane Bauer, his girlfriend, Sarah Shourd, and their friend Josh Fattal were arrested along the Iraqi border last July and accused by Iran of spying. Relatives say the three were on vacation in the scenic Kurdistan region of northern Iraq and, if they crossed the border, it was by accident.
Now that she and the other mothers have been granted visas to Iran and believe they’ll be able to visit their children, Laura Fattal is intent on using whatever time she gets with her son to listen.