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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.
His was an early morning arrest in Yazd, where he had grown up all his life. His connection to election protests was not established, except in the assumptions of “security forces.”
An agriculture student in Tehran, he loved to host friends from out of town, skipping class to enjoy time with them. He was a referee for auto and motorcycle races and got along with people of all kinds.
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