A journalist from Iran, Batebi spent nearly two years in solitary confinement when he was in his 20s, after he was arrested for protesting the country's dictatorship.
He now lives in California. But he still remembers the farm his family had in Iran.
"Animals were so precious for them," Batebi told The Dodo. "Their cat, dog, chicken, cow and sheep had names, and they called them by name."