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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.
Mr. Haqbin attended meetings of the Baha’i’s Spiritual Assembly in Marvdasht. He had worked as a radio and t.v. technician there for years.
Khalil Bina'i Masuleh…
He was a Tudeh member and a three-year veteran of the Iran-Iraq war. People saw him as dignified and shy.
Amir Hossein Tufanpur…
Mr. Tufanpur — father, husband, and motorcyclist — approached the clashes in Azadi Square, leaving his brother on the outer edges. The family lost contact with him.