A Translator's Slip-Up Cost a Young Girl Her Life

Farnaz, 10

On Thursday morning over Skype, Babak, a human rights activist who had fled Iran and is currently in Turkey waiting on a UN decision on his asylum status, asked me for help: "Something horrible has happened to a Baha'i family in Kayseri, the same city I'm situated in. May you get the word out?"

Babak played me an interview he conducted with Haifa Mohammad Ali, a mother who had just discovered that Farnaz, her 10-year-old daughter, was murdered by Firouz, her husband (also the child's father). Below is my English interpretation of Haifa's story as explained to Babak in Persian:

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