The two hikers said, “From the very start, the only reason they detained us because we were American.” In 2009, the two Americans and a companion, Sarah Shourd, were hiking through the Kurdish region of Iraq, bordering Iran. There, they were all arrested and sent to a detention center in Tehran.
Shroud was released earlier last year with her bail paid. While in the prison, they were mostly kept in solitary confinement. The hikers explained that they could hear other prisoners being beaten and tortured, but were unable to help.
However, for an hour each day, Bauer was allowed to visit Shourd and they developed a romantic relationship during their incarceration. While held in the prison, Bauer became engaged to Shourd using a makeshift engagement ring he made from the threads of his shirt. So far, they haven’t announced any wedding plans.
After being reunited with her companions, Shroud said: "Shane and Josh and I are beginning our lives again, and there are so many new joys that await us. I've never felt as free as I feel today."
Written by Preston Trieu
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