Rayhaneh is aged 13, the oldest of 3 sisters and 3 brothers. Her dream is to be a doctor, but against her wishes her parents have removed her from school. They say it is sinful for a girl to sit in the same school as boys, or to have a male teacher. They also claim it is too expensive. Her uncle is a teacher, and has been urging her parents to allow her to resume school, but they are stubborn and have refused. Her mother gave birth to her at age 14.
Rayhaneh lives in the village of Sar Agha Sayed, which is arguably one of the most strikingly beautiful villages in all of Iran. It has about 3,000 inhabitants in summer, and half that in winter. The village has no high school, and education appears not to be highly valued by many parents and their children. Sanitation is poor, and health issues abound. Photo taken on September 06, 2015 in Sar Agha Sayed, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Iran.