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Quite a few things have coincided with each other, today

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By Abdollah Pakatchi, Camp Liberty

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I want to tell you one of my stories.  So let’s go back a little bit.

It is Sunday, January 5th, 2014. I am walking down my usual route in Camp Liberty, Iraq.  It is about an hour to noon. It is cold and starts raining. People pass me by with their heads covered for the cold. They’re all rushing to fulfill their daily jobs.

Quite a few things have coincided with each other today. It is Sunday, normal weekend in western countries. It is also the last day of Christmas and the New Year holidays. For us, Camp Liberty residents, of course, only a few days have passed since we were targeted by a fourth missile attack. We too intend to celebrate Christ’s birthday, but our enemy fired those missiles on us from somewhere in our neighborhood. This region is strictly controlled by Iraqi security forces. Read the rest of this entry »

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Take Action!

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By Shaghayegh Azimi, Camp Liberty resident

“Take Action” is an imperative clause, urging the addressee to do take a concrete measure about an issue of concern. It might seem to be composed of two simple words, but these two words have been very decisive in the history of humankind. It is said that every human being talks an average of 2500 words per day. But is there a cost to all this talking as well, or is it merely idle prattle? Does it make a difference whether or not we make use of terms such as “commitment” or “massacre” or “condemnation”? Is it important that we reflect on the dangerous consequences that our words might have – however kind and positive they might sound – and to ponder a little about how we can prevent disasters from coming to pass? Read the rest of this entry »

Abducted exiles sought

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Anguished: Shahabeh Barouti and her mother
Anguished: Shahabeh Barouti and her mother

THE last time Shahabeh Barouti spoke to her mother, she was told: “Don’t worry: we’ll see each other soon.” That was last August, a few days before her mother’s disappearance on 1 September. On Sunday, she spoke of the “pain and anguish” of the continued separation.

Her mother, Mahnaz Azizi, is a member of the People’s Mojahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), an outlawed Iranian opposition group whose members have sought asylum in Iraq, at Camp Ashraf. Earlier last year, 3200 Iranian exiles were transferred to Camp Hurriya. Ms Barouti was one of those moved; her mother stayed at Camp Ashraf. Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Liberty December 26 rocket attack death toll raises to four

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Yahya Ziarati, victim of rocket attack against Camp Liberty
Yahya Ziarati, victim of rocket attack against Camp Liberty

A member of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), who had suffered a cardiac arrest due to severity of wave of explosions during the December 26 rocket attack, died in Camp Liberty at 13:00 Baghdad local time on Friday.

Yahya Ziyarati,46 , the fourth PMOI member who lost his life due to the December 26 rocket attack on Camp Liberty, had joined the organization and its ranks in Camp Ashraf 25 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Liberty hunger strike continues until the release of seven hostages in Iraqi government’s custody

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As the hunger strike goes on, four more hunger strikers were put under medical care due to paleness, dizziness, inaction and pulse drop. They are currently under medical observation.

Many of the hunger strikers are being taken to the clinic and hospital every day, and they are suffering from dangerous symptoms. Yet the hunger strikers insist on continuing their hunger striker because the US still hasn’t broken its silence and hasn’t taken any action to free the seven Camp Ashraf hostages, who have been abducted by Iraqi forces on September 1st. Read the rest of this entry »

Continued critical situation of hunger strikers in Camp Liberty

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Hossein Tayar, hunger striker in Camp Liberty
Hossein Tayar, hunger striker in Camp Liberty

As the hunger strike in Camp Liberty reaches the end of its third month, more and more hunger strikers are facing critical health problems, and their lives are in grave danger.

One of the hunger strikers, Hossein Tayar, suffered from extreme weakness and dizziness due to dangerously low blood pressure level. He was immediately put under medical care and his health conditions have not yet stabilized. In the past three months, he has lost more than 16 percent of his body weight. Read the rest of this entry »

From the mullahs’ prisons to the UN’s

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By Ebrahim Mir Seyyedi, hunger striker in Camp Liberty

During the many years I spent in the prisons of Khomeini in Iran, I witnessed and experienced terrible things at the hands of the Iranian regime’s torturers. I saw the hangings and the lashings of the young and innocent men and women whose only crime was to raise their voices for freedom and democracy. They had the guts to say that they wanted to live in freedom and would not give in to the dictatorship of the mullahs, and they paid the price with their lives. Read the rest of this entry »