If there is one thing most children, if not all, like so much it’s having birthday parties. Today, Mehr News Agency took some time off work to host one for two little sisters, Helia and Hasti, about five years old with angelic faces and reserved smiles.
The mother sits the girls on two chairs behind a table topped with a pink birthday cake and big and small presents, courtesy of MNA journalists and other personnel. The conference room looks so different today, with the walls adorned with colorful balloons and the upbeat tone of birthday songs carrying through the room. There is an air of self-contained emotion about the girls, young as they are. They aren’t like normal girls. They have been through so much hardship already. The father has been behind bars for four years for committing a crime and the mother has to shoulder all the burden now.