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Farewell To Iran

Photos by RFE/RL

Tehran's train station sees dozens of Baha'is leave each week in search of a better life abroad.
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Tehran's train station sees dozens of Baha'is leave each week in search of a better life abroad.

Some Baha'i travelers are carrying all they own and have no plans to return to Iran, where they face persecution.
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Some Baha'i travelers are carrying all they own and have no plans to return to Iran, where they face persecution.

Others make the three-day journey just to visit relatives who emigrated before them, often bringing food or money.
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Others make the three-day journey just to visit relatives who emigrated before them, often bringing food or money.

The train is bound for Istanbul, but many stop at Kayseri, a city with a growing emigre Baha'i community.
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The train is bound for Istanbul, but many stop at Kayseri, a city with a growing emigre Baha'i community.

The decision to emigrate divides some families. "Even now all my heart and soul belongs to Iran," says one woman.
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The decision to emigrate divides some families. "Even now all my heart and soul belongs to Iran," says one woman.

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