There was a typhus pandemic, concurrent with an outbreak of cholera and widespread famine. There were bread riots everywhere, the country was under foreign occupation and overrun by refugees from other war-torn countries. This was 78 years ago in Tehran during the Second World War. Food, heating oil, and other essentials were rationed. Bakers were mixing sawdust with flour and selling it as bread. Peddlers ate their pack animals’ meat, their innards, bones. They boiled the skin, hair and all, and ate that too.
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