Photos by Ehsan Kamaly, Mehr News Agency
The rural people in Birjand, South Khorassan province in eastern Iran, earn money from farming and animal husbandry.
Birjand is the east Iranian provincial capital of South Khorasan and the centre of the county of Birjand resp. Quhestan, known for its saffron, barberry, rug and handmade carpet exports. The city of Birjand had a population of 157,848 people at the time of the last official census in 2006.
Women harvesting saffron
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