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When the Shah of Iran was ousted from his throne in 1979, millions fled the country, including Kamin Mohammadi’s family, who settled in England.

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All nine-year-old Kamin wanted to do was to fit in, to ‘become’ British. Twenty years later, though, with time to reflect, she chose to go back to the country of her birth to understand its ancient ways and traditions – even if it did mean putting on a headscarf. The Iran she found had not moved on from the traditions taught by her parents in some ways, but was irrevocably transformed in other ways that made her both sad and angry. However, as her relation ‘Khaleh Mina’ says: “Happiness is inside you, We have all lost a lot, but here is life. You have to look in front of you, not back.”

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