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Iran>Italy>U.S. 1985 By Plane Yasi, E. (Female) Age of Departure: 12 Below is an Excerpt from personal account of migration submitted My father still keeps this photo of me in his wallet. It was one of the last photos I had taken of me before we left. I left Iran with my family when I was 12 years old, in 1985. It was my Fatherâ??s idea to leave and he had to convince my Mother that it was the best thing for our future. She did not want to go initially. I remember being told by my parents to not mention our departure to anyone, not even to our family. The only people that knew we were leaving were my Grandmother and Uncle. We sold our apartment and all of our belongings in secret and left with our suitcases.