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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.
Mostafa Karim Beigi…
He had no political affiliation, but he was kind. What he could not stand to be was a person who keeps silent in the face of tyranny.
He was almost a kid, though already gifted in assembling electronics. In politics, his extended family were allies of the Mojahedin Khalq Organization. (Even his grandparents got arrested.)
Mohammad (Mostafa) Shafa'at…
Born in Hamedan, 1961. Once, when he was 20, Revolutionary Guards came to arrest him, but he wasn’t home.