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Montreal aids Bam victims

by Archives January 14, 2004

Weeks after an earthquake destroyed the city of Bam in southeast Iran, Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) are still striving to return some sense of normality to the lives of the people affected by the disaster.

“The city smells because there’s so many dead bodies there that they don’t have time to bury them each individually,” said volunteer Farnaz Sadeghpour, who regularly speaks to friends and relatives in Iran. “For now, they’re just putting them in a blanket and burying them all together.”

On Dec. 26, the 6.6 earthquake killed more than 30,000 people, nearly a third of the city’s population. It also razed much of the ancient city, devastating the Citadel of Bam, the world’s largest mud-brick fortress.

On Saturday, the Coalition for Aid to Bam Victims, which includes students from Concordia, McGill and

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