In Honor of Earthquake Victims and Survivors in Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah, Iran

February, 2018

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Front: (1) Aftermath of the earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab, Kurdish town located in Kermanshah province near Iraq border, Iran, November 2017. Photography: Pouria Pakizeh. (2) Iranian banknotes.

Back: (1) Zagros Mountains in Sarpol-e Zahab, Kermanshah, Iran. (2) Anubanini petroglyph, located in a gorge at Sarpol-e Zahab, is believed to belong to the Lullubi culture. Anubanini was a king of the Lullabi people in the north of the Zagros Mountains, 3rd millennium BC. (3) Iranian banknotes.

The devastating 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the region of Kermanshah in November 2017. It killed more than 580 and injured at least 7,460 people. More than 12,000 houses were completely destroyed. 316 people were reported killed in Sarpol-e Zahab alone.

US sanctions have made it more difficult for organizations like the Iranian Red Crescent to receive donations and help earthquake survivors in Iran. Two organizations that have had success using funds to help victims: or

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