In this picture taken on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Ghoncheh Najafi, 60, stands beside the small shelf of her room with a picture of God's name on it at her home in Kalestan-e Sofla Village, Khalkhal City, Ardabil Province, Northwest Iran. The roof of his old house is plummeting and demolishing because of extreme rainfall, poverty and inability to handle and repair it. Her husband died 20 years ago. She has 3 children but lives alone. Due to unemployment and economic problems, her children have immigrated to the nearby cities. Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
In this picture taken on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Falak Didar, 55, stands next to the wall of his house, where a palm shade has been displayed on it in Parjounak Village, Dashtestan County, Bushehr Province, Southwest Iran. She lives alone after her husband's death, and her only source of income is the government's less subsidy. Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
In this picture taken on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Mah Sanam Mohammadi, 40, is standing with a gun in her hand, outside of her home in Pez-e Olya Village, Aligudarz City, Lorestan Province, West of Iran. She has 6 children and, according to the ancient Bakhtiari traditions, is skilled in shooting. In the absence of her husband, she uses the gun to protect herself and her children against forest and mountain animals. She considers herself from the generation of female heroes of Bakhtiari, such as Banu Qezi and Bibi Maryam known as "Sardar," who won victory in 1905, gun in hand and bravely fought accompanying men during the Constitutional Revolution. Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
In this picture taken on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. Zahra Asadi, 32, is standing inside the house in Darreh Chin Village, Aligudarz City, Lorestan Province, West of Iran. She has 2 children and is pregnant for her third child. Zahra is the second wife of her husband who had fallen in love with her whit three children. She was married to a married man to escape poverty in her father's house, but still is living in poverty and is forced to work in rice and mung bean farms to continue their lives. Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
In this picture taken on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Sakineh Ahmadi, 60, stands at the entrance to her home in Shah Pesar Mard village, Dashtestan region, Bushehr Province Southwest Iran. She has to work on cucumber and tomato farms to take care of her 80-year-old husband with a stroke. Her wage is $ 3 for a day's work from morning till evening (sun set.). Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
In this picture taken on Tuesday, July, 3, 2018. Seyedeh Hamideh Rezaian Vakili, 86, stands in front of her house entrance in Khalkhil Village, Kiyasar, Mazandaran Province, North of Iran. She has 6 children and living with her last child.. Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
In this picture taken on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Leila Khusheh, 52, wearing a traditional and local dress at her home in Malkhast village, Kiyasar city, Mazandaran province, North of Iran. She is standing next to the curtains with the pictures of Princesses which stand out from Walt Disney animations. Two out of her six children are disabled. Due to nursing of two disabled children and unemployment of her husband, their living expenses are very high and Leila has to work on the farm. Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
In this picture taken on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Afsaneh Babaei, 37, wearing a black dress mourning her young husband's death, is standing inside her room in Talkh Ab village, Dashtestan town, Bushehr province, Southwest Iran. Her husband died because of cardiac arrest 4 months ago. She has four children and since her husband was without any insurance for his wife, she has to work in the fields of the region. Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
In this picture taken on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Ghorban Beykeh Qaraei, 60, stands outside the small room of his house in Yel Cheshmeh Sofla village, Golidagh city, Golestan province, North of Iran. She has two children who are married. She lives with the help and charity of the village people. Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
In this picture taken on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Nargheh Hasani, 55, stands in a warehouse under the taxidermy of a goat that her husband hunted in Pez-e Olya Village, Aligudarz City, Lorestan Province, West of Iran. She has 10 children living in this remote mountainous and forest village with the least facilities. Photo/Ali Hamed Haghdoust.
Women Of My Land
Ali Hamed Haghdoust
Iran - 2018. Women play a very important role in our lives. Grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters, wives and daughters are all among the women in the world. Many of the events of women's lives in Iran happen in the privacy of their families and inside of their home. Only a very small part of their lives is in sight of the public. They have plenty of tales to say and have many sayings that remain unobtrusive and hidden due to their impenetrable and hidden privacy. These pictures show some of the rural women in different parts of my land, Iran.
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