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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.
Mr. Tahmasbi was beaten by armed agents in Kermanshah, just days after election ballots were totaled. His family had ideas for the service for their son, but most were rejected.
Sasan Al-e Kan'an…
Things were not entirely easy in Iranian Kordestan in the early 2000’s. Young Mr. Al-e Kan’an had friends who opposed the regime. His mother did what she could to secure his safety.
Qazvin born, Ms. Qasemi went by “Pari Bolandeh” in her daily work in Tehran’s Shahr-e No neighborhood.