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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.
He had retired from work at the National Oil Co., settling into the family home in Shiraz, where Baha’i books and papers aided his participation in the Local Spiritual Assembly.
Shahrokh Namdari Masjedi…
After the revolution, Mr. Namdari Masjedi started his own political association. The doors he opened there were soon closed, from the outside.
Mr. Safapur said his and his brother’s efforts were their “duty” to Iran. A favored saying: “Life is but faith and jihad.”