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Political Cartoon: Old Street Sweeper in Iran

On May 31, 2011 by Kaveh

Political Cartoon Old Street Sweeper in Iran by Copyright 2011 by Iranian American Cartoonist Kaveh Adel

Political Cartoon Old Street Sweeper in Iran by Copyright 2011 by Iranian American Cartoonist Kaveh Adel

A 76 year old street sweeper from city of Sanadaj in Iranian province of Kurdistan working in Tehran.

Sleeping in the parks and mosques away from his family for many years.

His wish: for his kids to be successful. For himself, to retire and go back to the fields in his hometown.

Earlier this week he was found, half dead, in the streets of Tehran suffering from hunger.

This is not just in Iran but might as well be true anywhere else in the world.


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2 Responses to “Political Cartoon: Old Street Sweeper in Iran”

  • Ara, a very thought provoking memory indeed. Every memory is worth capturing. A human being is remembered when his/her life is immortalized in words, art and song– any form of expression. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • During my last trip to Tehran some 5 years ago after being away from the land for 30 years, I found the landscape disturbing, but at the same time hopeful…

    Being struck with jet lag, I busied myself with the internet while making good use of the beer that thoughtful friends had brought me. So it was not unusual to find myself listening to great music and reading poetry at 4 in the morning while I waited for the sweet humming of the sopoor that arrived at that time. His great tune enriched by his rhythmic broom percussion always brought a smile to my face.

    So I always made sure to give him some joy in return, in the form of a drop of a generous bill. He apparently was very appreciative of my gestures, since our street was extremely clean during my visit there.

    I never knew his name, but he is in my thoughts…

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