Tonight was the first chance I’ve had to see the video of Neda, the young Iranian woman shot to death while watching a demonstration. I’m nearly speechless. Her eyes just grab at you.
She has become a powerfully symbolic figure in just 2 days, and her name as a rallying cry quickly reminded me of Stephen Biko. I have often wondered if Biko, as he lay dying in prison, had any idea what his death would come to mean to the world. I’ve wondered if, even knowing that, he would have spared himself that death.
The ripples of Neda’s death have only just begun, and I hope that whatever becomes of it, people remember those eyes, and are haunted by them.