A Year After the Quake: Still Digging Out

Mohsen Azimi holds the engraving machine tight and etches the image of an open book onto the base of a gray tombstone. He puts the date of "sunrise" on one page, and "sunset" on the other, as Iranians refer to birth and death. It's 10 p.m., way past his usual working hours, but Azimi, 27, has had so much business he's brought his brother-in-law from a city 800 km away to lend a hand. Gravestones have been in heavy demand since shortly after this ancient city was destroyed by an earthquake one year ago. But people's lives were so devastated that...

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