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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.
A reader, a wrestler, and an accountant, he quietly helped neighbors in financial need. Communication skills came into play when he worked with a revolutionary marxist group (1975 – ‘81).
The words of a friend mentioned his warmth, as a person, “pure and simple.” He worked as an electrician and stood by others, themselves unarmed.
Izzat Janami Ishraqi…
She took care of her home and served on the Baha’i Marriage Counseling Committee. No one was spared during her arrest, neither her daughters nor her two houseguests.