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The men and women whose stories you can read on this page are now all citizens of a silent city named Omid ("hope" in Persian). There, victims of persecution have found a common life whose substance is memory.
Omid's citizens were of varying social origins, nationalities, and religions; they held diverse, and often opposing, opinions and ideologies. Despite the differences in their personality, spirit, and moral fiber, they are all united in Omid by their natural rights and their humanity. What makes them fellow citizens is the fact that one day each of them was unfairly and arbitrarily deprived of his or her life. At that moment, while the world watched the unspeakable happen, an individual destiny was shattered, a family was destroyed, and an indescribable suffering was inflicted.
Masu'd Ala'i Khastu…
Mas’ud Ala’i Khastu: born in Tehran, grandson of Ayatollah Taleqani, a sympathizer of the People’s Mojahedin.
Amir Abbas Hoveyda…
He favored greater independence for regional and local office holders, spoke the languages of the places he’d lived, tended his rose bushes, and served 14 years as prime minister.
General Pakravan’s bookshelves featured philosophy and history. His own contributions to history were notable, as well. In 1963 he pleaded against the execution of Khomeini.