Hosein Shakouri

Born: 1921, Shishavan, Azerbaijan

Murdered by gun shots in Urmia on 2 April 1979


Hosein Shakouri was born into a Muslim family.  At the age of five his father passed away.  After completing his elementary education, he entered the workforce to support his family.  He was employed by a government-owned physician’s dispensary in Maragheh.  In 1951 after he joined the Baha’i community.  He and his wife pioneered to Urmia. 

He was persecuted greatly during his lifetime. In 1958 during the upheavals against the Baha’is of Iran he was dismissed from his job for his adherence to the Baha’i Faith.  He subsequently opened a small dispensary which was shut down by the authorities. In 1964, his 14 year old son was attacked and killed by other fellow students for being a Baha’i.  Years later, on 02 April 1979 Hosein and his 6 year old daughter, while on their way home from school, were both shot by a mob.  He didn’t survive the shooting, but his daughter did.  After he was murdered, his home was looted.


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