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In pictures: Symbols of hope
Man known as Jalil, age 56, in a field hospital following his rescue from the Bam rubble, 8 January 2004
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A 56-year-old man was found alive 13 days after the Bam earthquake, prompting talk of a miracle. But the man has since lapsed into a coma and may not live.
Earthquake survivor Shahr-Banu Mazandarani rests in a field hospital, 6 January, three days after her rescue from under the rubble of her destroyed home
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On 3 January, 97-year-old Shahr-Banu Mazandarani was pulled from the rubble eight days after the quake. Her first request was for a cup of tea.
Ozra Momenabadi, 80, takes a rest at the French Field Medical Surgery Hospital, in Bam after five days in the rubble
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The earlier survival of an 80-year-old woman, trapped for five days in the debris, was a ray of light amid the gloom.
Dr Anna Rubon, gives Mahdeih, who was born on Wednesday at the Ukrainian mobile hospital to her mother Maryam (r)
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More heart-warming stories have emerged, like the births of eight babies at emergency field hospitals.
Dr Victor Kozachkov (l) and nurse Natasha Bondarchuk (r) examine an earthquake survivor
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Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi said in a New Year message that Iran would never forget the efforts of aid workers.
A group of men are overcome with emotion at the memorial service
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There was raw emotion at a memorial service held to remember the dead.
Neighbours embrace as they return to the site of their ruined homes
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The solidarity of neighbours and friends will be crucial in the weeks and months ahead.
Mohammad Hussein Pourhamede clears stones from the top of a car in the ruins of his family's home
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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pledged to rebuild the historic Silk Route city.
While the Djame mosque, background, is intact, most of the surrounding houses are levelled by the earthquake
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The sun's rays over the unbroken dome of the Djame mosque offer a poignant symbol of hope for the future.


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