October 24, 2007


"Iranian Kidney Bargain Sale"--a documentary with English subtitles was on TV last night.
Young twentysomething Iranians selling and receiving kidneys in a very informal sort of kidney depot. These young people, all though well-dressed, do not have work, good health or are in financial straights. They are just typical young people, some living at home, some newly married. They have misgivings about what they are doing (both donors and recipients, who meet each other and often haggle about prices) but no one can see another "way out." The tone of the documentary is very matter-of-fact with no voice over. The silent question that permeates is "Have we come to this?"

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