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Millennium Diaries

At the airport MERHAN KARIMI NASSIRI
Political refugee,  Paris
Since 1988 Merhan has been living in Charles de Gaulle airport, stranded without any personal documents. Now he's getting UN political refugee status - the first step to a new life beyond the departure lounge.

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Merhan Karimi Nassiri  Merhan Karimi Nassiri
 Political refugee
 Paris

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