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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.
He stood out for his academic abilities and attended a top school. As a young teen, he was arrested for selling copies of a political newspaper.
Asghar Rahimi was a Sunni Kurd of the Safe’i religious and memorized 25 section of the Qur’an. His wish was to play one more time with his children.
Soheila, daughter of Jalil, was compassionate, liked books, and loved to sing. Within a family of leftists, hers was a quiet commitment.