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PERSIAN DIARIES II Iranians today. Children of the Revolution.

Rpnunyez . | Iran

I never knew her name. I met her and her family in the Iwan of the Iman Khomeini Mosque in Isfahan. Between benevolent laughter and disdain, they were building a messy mosaic on the grass with some of the photographs from my first trip to the country. Suddenly he stood up with the photo in his hands while saying "I hate all of them".

The photo was taken in Tehran and showed two tiny women in chadors under two huge portraits of Ruhollah Khomeini and Ali Khamenei.

This would be nothing but anecdote if it were not for it happening over and over again no matter where you are or who you talk to.

Hunger, fear and the desire for freedom envelop Iranians today. But also pessimism because, as they know from their own experience, great changes - such as Khomeini's - only happen when the people are hungry and have lost their fear of the power that subjugates them.

In Iran today, Iranians have something to put in their mouths and they have not lost their fear.



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