21 Armenians lost their lives on their way to Iran from Turkey their bus fell to the bottom of a deep ravine in Eastern Turkey on September 8. The funeral ceremonies for 8 of these victims was held in the city of Isfahan on September 14.
A Look At
Iran's Christian Minority
Iran is officially designated the "Islamic Republic," yet among its more than 66 million people is a small but important Christian minority. Most of Iran's Christians are Armenians and Assyrians, who remain relatively free to follow their faith. The numbers of Protestants and evangelical Christians are said to be growing. For these people, life is often much more difficult. RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari takes a look at Iran's Christian minority.
The number of Armenians, Iran's largest Christian minority, was estimated at about 300,000 in 1979. It has declined in recent times but remains culturally important.
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