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World Mosque converted into mask factory in virus-hit Iran

04:16  07 april  2020
04:16  07 april  2020 Source:   msn.com

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At a Tehran mosque converted into a factory, women volunteers who would normally attend to visitors to the old battlefields of the Iran-Iraq war have joined the fight against coronavirus.

a group of people sitting at a table: Iranian women, members of the volunteer Basij militia, make face masks and other protective items at a mosque in the capital Tehran, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic © ATTA KENARE Iranian women, members of the volunteer Basij militia, make face masks and other protective items at a mosque in the capital Tehran, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic

Lined up like factory workers, around 15 women have taken up positions in front of table-top sewing machines to produce face masks.

But instead of overalls they are clad in black chadors, for they are members of the Basij, a volunteer militia loyal to Iran's Islamic establishment.

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And in a sign of the times for Iran, one of the countries worst-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all of the women are wearing masks.

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"Our group used to go to the battlefields of the Iran-Iraq war every year to serve visitors," Fatemeh Saidi, a 27-year-old woman involved in the Basij with her husband, told AFP.

The group of about 40 women travels annually to the battlefields of the 1980-1988 war that youths visit during the Persian New Year holidays as part of their education.

"This year, because of the spread of coronavirus, travel between cities was banned and we were not able to go there," said Saidi.

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"So we came here to serve our compatriots. We've been working on this for more than a month," she added.

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It's a task they see as their role in the national effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed more than 3,700 lives in Iran.

"Our situation is doubly difficult since we are facing both the sanctions and the coronavirus," President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, referring to the punitive measures the US has reimposed on Iran since pulling out of a nuclear deal in 2018.

The national and foreign media were invited to the Imamzadeh-Masum mosque in a southwestern district of the Iranian capital where the women have been working.

As the seamstresses stitch, a team is in charge of cutting out and sorting the masks, which are placed in buckets.

a group of people sitting at a table: Iranian men, members of the volunteer Basij militia, make protective gloves inside a mosque in the capital Tehran © ATTA KENARE Iranian men, members of the volunteer Basij militia, make protective gloves inside a mosque in the capital Tehran

Other women fold and arrange the printed sheets of material as they are produced.

In another room of the place of worship, men sitting on prayer mats make plastic gloves with rudimentary heat-sealing devices.

"We distribute these products to hospitals and deprived areas in Tehran and several other cities,"  Saidi explained.

One of the volunteers made no secret of the religious reasons for her contribution.

For her, it was the same as "making the heart of Imam Zaman happy", another name for the Mahdi, the last of the 12 holy imams venerated by Shiite Islam in Iran.

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