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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.
Karun Hajizadeh (Pur Hajizadeh)…
was studious and very kind; he used to say “I can’t eat my bananas if I don’t share them with my friends”
Seyed Ahmad Hosseini Arani…
stated in his will, which was written moments prior to his execution: “I write these words in the last moments of my life, and I can say that I am completely calm... I lived my life and at the end of my life, which perhaps could not have been longer, I’m calm, happy and relaxed.”
He was an honest, healthy, and well-built young man who worked hard in cold and hot weather just to make ends meet