Stolen Face: How a mistaken photo changed Neda Soltani's life forever

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Neda Agha Soltan was killed during protests in Tehran in 2009. She became the face of the Iranian uprising but the picture that was used around the world was not of the dead girl. It was of Neda Soltani, a university English teacher who was alive and well. We hear from Neda Soltani who is trying to pull her life back together after she was forced to leave Iran.



Stolen Face: How a mistaken photo changed Neda Soltani's life forever

The streets of Tehran in the summer of 2009 were seething with anger. Many Iranians suspected the Presidential election that June was rigged and risked the fury of an uncompromising government to protest.

Neda Agha Soltan was watching the demonstrations when she was suddenly flat on her back in the street. She had been shot. A cellphone camera captured the last few moments of her life -- heartbreaking moments shared with millions when the video was posted online.

Time magazine suggested it was the most widely witnessed death in human history. Neda Soltan quickly became the face of a failed uprising. Journalists scrambled to learn who she was. But the face they initially found was not the face of the Neda Soltan. It was a Facebook photo of woman with a similar name... Neda Soltani ... a university teacher in Tehran. The life of one Neda was lost, the life of another Neda was about to be ruined. Neda Soltani joined us from New York.

Neda Soltani has written a book about her experience, it's called My Stolen Face. She's currently at Montclair University in New Jersey as a visiting scholar.

This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.


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