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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.
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Mr. Hushyar Mohammadi was a computer student and the only son of his farming family living at Shirkesh Village in Bijar.
Hamed Ahmadi: We went to our death 45 times. We said farewell to life 45 times. Who can understand what it means to die 45 times? Who can understand what it means to put your head on the pillow 45 nights thinking it’s the last night of your life?