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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.
Hamid Hajizadeh (Pur Hajizadeh)…
was a promising literary talent in his youth, but after the cultural revolution he shunned literary salons and isolated himself, yet he continued to write poetry and…
Mr. Navaseri came from a poor family and had only finished middle school.
Foruzan Abdi Pirbazari…
Known to be open-minded and tolerant, she was the captain of Iran’s national volleyball team, she knew how to organize and boost her colleagues’ morale.