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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.
Jinus Ni'mat Mahmudi…
An atmospheric scientist, Ms. Ni’mat Mahmudi compiled the nation’s Geographic Atlas. Serene in all circumstances, she urged younger prisoners not to waste their days, and they, in turn, complimented her pink and purple jacket.
Mona Mahmudnizhad was in high school and lived with her family. She was a member of the Education Committee of Shiraz Baha’is.
He had written on the independence of judges and the presumption of innocence and was ready to defend himself, if tried. In Revolutionary Courts, however, defendants were presumed guilty and judges mandated to kill.