“It was exciting – well thrilling really, for the team who organised it and for everybody there,” said Pat Murphy, as he reflected on the screening of the human rights documentary, To Light a Candle at Limerick City Library recently.
The screening was attended by lots of different groups – politicians, academics, musicians, students, friends of the local Bahá’ís, media representatives – all were members of the large audience that packed the beautiful library venue.
“We had to put out extra chairs!” chuckled Pat as he paid tribute to the heart warming speech of Deputy Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon.
The meeting was also addressed by Sohrab Nezamabad, a local businessman who at the age of 17 had to leave his family in Iran in pursuit of an education abroad. His story, which touched the hearts of all present, brought a distant human rights issue to the doorstep of the people of Limerick.
In the aftermath of the screening cards which were signed at the event were sent to the Iranian Ambassador to Ireland as well as to Limerick politicians, highlighting the violation of human rights of the Bahá’ís in Iran who are denied an education.
(Photographs courtesy of Monty Tlili)