Detained Hikers' Supporters Mark 2 Months - NBC Bay Area

Detained Hikers' Supporters Mark 2 Months

Meeting with Swiss diplomats offers new hope



    Detained Hikers' Supporters Mark 2 Months
    NBC Bay Area
    Supporters gathered at UC Berkeley and more than a dozen other locations across the country to show they haven't forgotten about Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattel, who were taken into Iranian custody July 30.

    A lot can happen in two months. Sometimes the time can get away from us so fast, it's hard to believe 60 days have gone by already.

    That's not the case for Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal -- they've been in custody of Iranian officials since July 30.

    The three UC Berkeley graduates were captured when they were hiking in Northern Iraq and crossed into Iran. Since then, their families have been in limbo, wondering how the three are doing and when they can see them again.

    Friends and family of Shourd, Bauer and Fattel gathered on the Cal campus Wednesday night to show support and hope for the trio. It was one of 14 vigils across the country planned to mark two months since their arrest.

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    Supporters wore necklaces bearing pictures of the three, held signs reading "Free the Hikers" and passed fliers out to people on campus. They want to make sure nobody forgets about their loved ones.

    There was a new sense of promise at the Vigil for Hope, as word that Swiss diplomats were allowed to meet with the three detainees.

    "What we've heard through the State Department is that the kids are in good shape. They look good. They look healthy." Nora Shroud, Sarah's mother said. "The Swiss told us they gave them hugs from us and they gave them choclate and fruit."

    The hikers' families have sent letter to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahminajidad, appealing to his sensitive side as a father, in hopes of gaining the trios' release.

    "It's not a political thing for us." Nora Shourd said. "We are appealing to him as a father and parent. These are our kids. They haven't done anything wrong. Please let them go."

    The families say they still have no word of when the three may be released.