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Khomeini Arrives, the Dayzads Leave

In February 1979, the Islamic Revolution engulfed Iran. Navid Dayzad's father was an engineer and business executive in Tehran. As a religious minority, he knew he had to move quickly to save his wife and children from certain danger, as young Islamic radicals overthrew the secular government of the Shah. By April 16, the family was in the United States. Everyone, that is, but Dayzad's father. He sent his wife, his daughter and 4-year-old son ahead but he stayed behind, losing his chance to …

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