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I gazed at the nurse mouth. I came to myself hearing my mom crying. I turned back and saw my mom and Shahnaz standing above two corpses and crying. I went to them. Both Shahnazes were martyred; Shahnaz Mohammadi and Shahnaz Haji Shah. Shahnaz Mohammadi was lying there on her stomach in the hall and Shahnaz Haji Shah was lying on her back. They were both covered by their chadors.

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Zahra agreed with laughter. After Mahmoud Farrokhi mediated, the young man went to the medical box which was in the corner of the yard and started dividing the medicines. Then, when it was time for evening prayer, he went into a corner and said his prayers and returned to his task. When he wanted to sleep, he took off his white suit and wore a brown blouse and trouser as nightwear and ...

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Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

We walked towards Hosseyniyeh. When we arrived, nobody was there. Mahmoud Farrokhi said: “Sister Sabbah, it might be that you had a strong discussion with them yesterday and they found out that you might know things about them and felt insecure and threatened and left the place.” Behrouz Moradi confirmed his words. I said: “I don’t know exactly. Maybe this is the case.” Mahmoud Farrokhi said: “by the way, thank you for informing us.

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Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

I did not have a good impression from her since she had disgraced the mosque by spitting and using inappropriate words although she was right. When she came to herself, people asked her name and she said that her name is Zahra and is from Khorramshahr. We asked:” what were you doing during the last few days?” she said: “wherever there was an explosion, I went and collected the corpses and took them to Jannat Abad.

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Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

The Iraqi planes started their attacks from midnight. We could not rest for even a second in the mosque. Many injured were brought in. Khalil was busy the whole time. I stood by his side and did whatever I could. I heard from injured soldiers that the Dezh garrison is falling. They said that seven Iraqi tanks have invaded the city from Khorramshahr border. The Guard Corps members have blown the Khorramshahr Bridge ...

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Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Although the commuting of Iraqi planes above Khorramshahr increased during night, the situation was calmer after ten pm and the Iraqi artillery was less active. Therefore, we could go out of the mosque to renew our ablution easily. I had had no shower in the past few days. My clothes were dirty, covered in soil and blood. During the first two days, in different rescue operation, when blood was pouring from the body of the

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Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

The city was gradually growing empty. Those who had stayed had nowhere to go. They all left the city with the hope of coming back in the next few days. Many people like, khahar Rana, daughter-in-law of Elaheh’s uncle, did not even take their jewelry and had hid their valuables in the washing machine. They considered their houses as the safest place. The sound of the blast and five-fives did not stop for even a second.

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Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Thanks God! They were frightened by the blast waves but were unharmed. Mahnazs sister was a beautiful girl with long blond straight hair, which were down her waist. Although the poor girl was frightened and shaking, but she kept saying to her sister: “those men can see my hair. I could not cover myself.” Mahnaz hugged and caressed her. I tied my chador under my chin and gave her my scarf and helped her wear it.

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Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

Jameh mosque was very crowded. Families, holding their wraps of clothing in hand were sitting anxiously and terrified in a corner of the yard and seraglio of the mosque. Most of them were poor families. There was a strange humming in the mosque. People, confused and terrified, were looking for a solution to save themselves of this disaster. Neither the mosque nor the houses were safe anymore. We did not know how ...

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Memoirs of Sabah Vatankhah

We returned home when we were finished. Auntie wanted to make fish for lunch. She had already brought the fish called Zobeidi out of freezer and started preparing the rice. When the fish was defrosted Fouziyeh and Nahid dumped it in special flour and fried it. Auntie Maryam was a lux and chic person. She always had a calm life void of any tension. She was rich too.
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