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The purpose of writing this book is not intended to be the

history of Iranian revolution or Iran’s history in general. It is

merely to put in words my own history, recollection, and

involvement in the event of Black Friday that took place on

September 8, 1978 as I remember it, and without any judgment.

This is a story of true struggle and courage, and undeniable

testament to the power of surrendering to god. This story is true

in content, but the names of the characters other than me have

been changed to protect their identity from any discrimination and

prejudice. It is not the intention of the author to condone,

demean, insult or promote the Pahlavi dynasty, or the Islamic

republic of Iran.

It took me 30 years to finally write this book. It took a lot of

encouragement from many different people to be able to finally

put words on paper about the massacre that happened on Black

Friday. It took me another 30 years to get the courage to write

about it, including 3 years of intensive therapy with one of the

world’s greatest therapist, Mili Naugle MFT.

I strongly feel that it was god’s will to have me there in the

first place to experience what I needed, to become the person I

am today. As Elisabeth Kubler-Ross puts in to perspective

Know that everything in life has purpose. There are no

mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to

us to learn from.” I have no doubt, god spared me from certain

death so one day I can be the voice of the victims who lost their

lives in the Black Friday massacre. They certainly did not have a

chance to tell their tale and their side of the story. As far as I

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know, I am the only survivor. I feel the responsibility as well as

the compassion to be the voice of approximately 8000 innocent

people who died that day. Many of the families were never

informed about what happened to their loved ones or their

whereabouts. Most of the families still don’t know where their

loved ones are buried due to the fact that many of them were

buried in mass graves. The families of the victims also never had

the chance to say goodbye. I also deeply hope that upon reading

my story, perhaps the families will have the closure they so

desperately need and help answer the questions they may have


- Nastaran Akhavan, San Diego, California

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