The Tale of Two Nazanins: Nazanin Afshin-Jam

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The high-flying world of international pageants introduced a Canadian beauty queen to the world's movers and shakers. But when she heard about a 17-year-old girl on death row in an Iran, she drew on all her contacts and took on a state that executes minors, with an outcome that's changed both their lives. Meet Nazanin Afshin-Jam. And a different kind of beauty.


Part Two of The Current

The Tale of Two Nazanins: Nazanin Afshin-Jam

2003 was a big year for Nazanin Afshin-Jam. She went on to win runner up in the Miss World competition. It was also the year her world of youth and beauty collided with a world of ugliness and death.She learned of another girl named Nazanin -- a seventeen year old Iranian sentenced to hang for stabbing a man who tried to rape her.

Nazanin in Canada fought -- successfully -- to save Nazanin in Iran. It was a struggle that inspired her wider efforts to rescue minors on death row . She founded an organization called Stop Child Executions. And she's just co-authored a book with Susan McClelland about the experience. It's called The Tale of Two Nazanins: A Teenager on Death Row in Iran and the Canadian Who Vowed to Save Her. Nazanin Afshin-Jam was in our Toronto studio.

The book goes on sale Tuesday May 22nd.

This segment was produced by The Current's Ellen Saenger.


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