MEK camp, the forty-year-long dreadful jail

A member of Mujahedin-e Khalgh walks in a street at the Ashraf-3 camp. Photo:Gent shkullaku/AFP

Fereydoon Nedayee is a member of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi). He is now residing in the group’s camp in Albania.

Fereydoon is not an original member of the MEK. In fact, he was recruited by the group’s agents in Iraqi prisons where Fereydoon was kept as a war prisoner of the Iran-Iraq war.

In 1980, Fereydoon was an Iranian soldier fighting in Iran-Iraq war. Very soon he was taken as a war prisoner by Iraqi forces. He endured the miseries in Iraqi POW camps for eight years. In 1988, the two countries agreed a ceasefire but it took them almost two years to exchange the war prisoners.

The time was enough for the MEK recruiters to launch a propaganda campaign in POW camps among Iranian soldiers in order to convince them to join their group. They promised them better life conditions in Camp Ashraf rather than the ones of Iraqi camps and also opportunities to immigrate to Europe.

Fereydoon and some other Iranian POWs were finally deceived by the MEK authorities so as they fell in the new trap that they have not been able to get released from, for over thirty years. Evidently, His parents have not seen Fereydoon for over forty years.

His father, MohammadReza Nedayee passed away a few days ago. His mother, Roghaieh Farazian is still trying her best to contact her son. They traveled to Camp Ashraf, Iraq several times but they were not allowed by the MEK leaders to visit their loved son.

After the group’s relocation to Albania, the Albanian government did not offer visa to families of the MEK members so they could not travel there. Instead, they took legal actions by writing letters to Albanian authorities and to the international bodies asking for humanitarian aids to help them contact and visit their children in the MEK isolated camp in Albania.

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