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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. Hajati was a calm and smart high school student from a small village in Khorasan Razavi Province.
Ms. Fatemeh Haqiqatpajuh, 38, was executed for defending her 15-year-old daughter from being raped.
Mas’ud Jigare’i was politically adept, even in high school, ultimately serving on Peykar’s Central Committee. Loud laughter, dark humor, and “boundless love,” were part of his legacy.