December 30, 1978, Mashhad, Iran
The hotel was deserted.
I led my baby brother Iman down the long polished marble corridor. No one was watching us. Along with the guests, the staff had vanished--the doorman in his brown jacket with the gold buttons; the maids in their crisp white uniforms. There was no one to shout at us: "Stop! Get back here. You are not allowed in there..."
--by Rahimeh Andalibian
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