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Iran: Thousands Mourn One Year After Bam Earthquake

Thousands of Iranians have gathered in the southeastern city of Bam to mark Sunday's one-year anniversary of the earthquake that claimed more than 31,000 lives and devastated the ancient city.

Relatives and friends of survivors have been making pilgrimages to Bam's cemetery to remember the dead with prayers, flowers and candles.

Despite President Mohammed Khatami's pledge to rebuild, and help from the international community, much of Bam remains in ruins, and the slow pace of reconstruction has angered survivors.

The powerful quake shook the city before dawn on December 26 last year, killing thousands as they slept.