The news coverage of Shane and Josh finally freed after their long, terrifying ordeal is amazing. I couldn't imagine being kept captive for over two years in dark, dingy, dirty, lonely quarters with what kind of food? What kind of health care? God only knows.
How brave they are to had endured and survived and be here now to tell us their incredible story!
I know a bit about how horrible prisons overseas can be, because while teaching in Thailand for six years I often visited the prisons to aid the prisoners. Why? Because their only crime was crossing the border from Cambodia into Thailand and the conditions of the prisoners were horrendous! Not too different from what Shane and Josh had done, but within the Middle East.
The cells were so jammed packed with prisoners, they could barely move and there was very little water and no bathroom. How horrific. I often brought water bottles to the prison with some friends to hand out to those inside the bars.
I have a friend who lives in Iran and he attests to the "control" the government has over the people. control of the internet, alcohol, clothing, behavior, and in many aspects of one's life. This is only part of the reason the Iranian people fought in the breif-lived civil war to gain some control over their own lives.