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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.
She was a loyal staff member of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, while raising three children alone in Buenos Aires. “Mother liked working where she did,” said one.
Sajjad Qa'ed Rahmati…
At 20, he felt ready to work and moved from Lorestan Province to Tehran, seeking a job. His cousin, who was filming election events, took him to see what was going on.
Reyhaneh Jabbari Malayeri…
Reyhaneh Jabbari was 19, independent, ambitious, and daring. She could have become a famous decorator.