They are innocent victims with burn scars that are horrific. The school fire they were trapped in took place a world away, but they may soon get a second chance at recovery right here in the Houston area.
It was a school day full of work and play. But the laughter faded on a December day in 2008, marking an end for 12 children in a small Iranian village and a new life of challenges for eight survivors
“They are lost souls,” author and human rights activist Ghazal Omid said.
The story was told on Iranian state TV and explains a teacher had locked the door to the room just before a heater fell, starting a fatal classroom fire.
“The children could not open doors and the windows were also shut down,” Omid said.
The lack of medical care in the country for the six girls and two boys caused further damage.
“Almost like stones instead of hands,” Omid said.