National Geographic : 1999 Jul
A clean street makes a lively playgroundin south Tehran (above), butpoverty is close at hand. Inflation and unemployment in Iran run around20 percent.In the southwestern province of Khuzestan (below), Nahid and Hussein Saboee collect salt after school to sell to bakers. The good news: 85 percent of Iran's children go to school, and 80 percent of the population is literate,versus less than half before the 1979 revolution. .t ' 7 "k f'