A Hero Found: Missing Soldier Returns Home 27 Years After his Death

Collection with 15 media items created by Hosain Nazari

Iran 07 Mar 2015 22:36

Born 16 july 1968 in Shahrestan village, near the northern Iranian city of Rasht, Mohammad Ali Hasanjani was only 18 years old when he was deployed by the Iranian Army on the frontlines of the Iran-Iraq war. Soon after he was killed and his body never recovered. For 27 years he lay missing, buried amidst the wreckage of war, his family having no remains with which to mourn. However, after missing for 27 years, Mohammad's body was found and he was recently returned home to his village for a hero's funeral. 

During the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1989) hundreds of thousands of soldiers were killed on both sides. In Iran, people who were killed in the conflict were declared martyrs, or heroes for their country. Due to the chaotic and exceptionally deadly nature of the war, many soldiers went missing in battle. At the end of the war, the search began to find those missing in action and the mission continues to this day. Many of those soldiers who are found are never identified. However, in some cases, like that of Mohammad Ali Hasanjani, missing soldiers are indentified and returned home for a long overdue funeral. 

These photos chronicle the funeral of Mohammad Ali Hasanjani 27 years after he was killed. 

 

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Returning Home 01
rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Neighbors in the yard of Mohammad Ali Hasanjani's parent's house waiting for his body to return home after 27 years.

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Returning Home 02
rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Mohammad Ali Hasanjani's mother at her son's tomb.

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rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Mohammad's coffin is carried by his family members and fellow townspeople. His casket is hoisted as a symbol of heroism and sacrifice in the name of his country.

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Returning Home 05
rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

While Mohammad's family knew that he had been killed in the war 27 years ago. It was still a very emotional experience for them to see his body finally return home.

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Returning Home 06
rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Mohammad's brother is lead away to a corner to cry for his younger brother in private.

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rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Neighbors wait in solemn anticipation for Mohammad's return after 27 years.

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rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Mohammad's mother waits for her son to return home. The last time she saw her son he was 18. For 27 years all she had was images of him in her mind and a few photographs. Now she finally has a grave where she can remember him.

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rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Mohammad's coffin is carried by his family members and fellow townspeople. His casket is hoisted as a symbol of heroism and sacrifice in the name of his country.

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Returning Home 10
rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Mohammad's funeral convoy is escorted through the city. Some of the townspeople cry for him and some read Verses from the Quran.

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rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2012

People walk with the car carrying his coffin. Some of those walking talk to his coffin, as is customary in Iranian funerals.

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rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Funeral attendees touch the coffin because they believe it is blessed.

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Gilan, Sangar, ُSangar Road, Iran
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Mohammad's funeral convoy is escorted through the city. Some of the townspeople cry for him and some read Verses from the Quran.

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rasht
By Hosain Nazari
04 Mar 2015

Mourners read verses from the Quran over a photo of Mohammad placed on his grave.