Human beings are members of a whole
In creation of one essence and one soul
If one member is afflicted with pain
Other members uneasy will remain
If you have no sympathy for human pain
The name of human you cannot retain
—Saadi Shirazi (Abu-Muhammad Muslih al-Din bin Abdollah Shirazi)
Editor’s Note: The voice of Saadi emerges from the time of the Mongol invasion and conquests within Iran, therefore speaks to the suffering of those low and high displaced and scattered across the land much like the war-torn region of today.