The May 14 Anniversary of the Yaran: Jamaloddin Khanjani’s Plight as a Baha’i in Iran

The following op-ed by Nika Khanjani appeared on on May 9, 2014

Almost six years have passed with my uncle imprisoned in Iran. Jamaloddin Khanjani is one of the seven Yaran (“friends”) who has served the Baha’is, the largest religious minority in Iran, until they were arrested on May 14, 2008. My uncle and the Yaran are spiritual leaders and a source of support to a community persecuted and unrecognized as citizens of Iran.

Not long ago, I lived for two brief years with my uncle and his wife in Iran. I witnessed the problems facing the Baha’i community, and I was also privy to my uncle and aunt’s daily interactions and a certain level of normalcy in the quieter moments of their lives.

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