27 Aug 2011 15:00
The Islamic Republic of Iran recognizes freedom of worship for Christians. In the country the community is divided between 50.000 Armenians and 10 thousand Assyrians. Before 1979, year of the Islamic Revolution, Christians were two millions. Today they live in small towns and villages (as Urmia, Ahvaz, Pataver, Salmas) and in specific neighborhoods in large cities (such as Vanak in Tehran and Jolfa in Isfahan). Since decades the diaspora of this communities is going on to Europe and United States, perceived as rich, free and secure places. The life, public and private, of who remains is entirely within the religious community: job, public cerimonies, marriage, education. As in a ghetto.