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September 3, 2002

Biggest challenges facing Iranian immigrants

The purpose of the following survey was to find out what issues/challenges, Iranian immigrants had met living outside Iran.

91% stated their biggest issue, is the difference between running water & toilet paper.

87% percent of this group stated that it took them more than two & half years to get used to the paper.

74% of this group said that they still dream about aftabeh.

Of this 74%, 61 % bought either the authentic aftabeh or the plastic garden watering tool during their stay.

Only 7.5% of this group were successfully able to use the aftabeh or the garden variety.

Due to be sitting on the bowl, the other 92.5% had difficulty pouring the water out near the correct location. Many gave up after finding it too messy.

The successful 7.5% stated that squatting on the bowl, as the reason for their success.

50% of this group had fallen off the bowl several times, before mastering the technique.

82% of the unlucky 92.5%, have been taking daily showers to compensate.

The other 18%, still taking weekly showers, suffer from sever BO & respond violently to the term "koon-nashoor".

2% had once or twice brought in the garden hose to the bathroom, but found it difficult to run outside to shut the water down with their pants down.

1% declined comment.

From Yar Bee Vafa
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