To the Head of UNHCR
I am Azar Hossein Nejad from Tehran, Iran. I am contacting you to ask for your help regarding the situation of my sister, Zeinab Hossein Nejad, a 36 years old woman who is living in Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq.
I never saw my parents or sister during my childhood and youth as all of them had to run for their lives. They left Iran along with many other members of People’s Mojahedin of Iran [Mojahedin-e-Khalq (PMOI also, MEK, MKO)] and had to leave me behind with my relatives because I was an infant at that time and it was not safe for me to be taken with them. My mother and uncles died in the operation of People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) in 1988. However, my father (Ali Hossein Nejad) survived and was able to leave the Camp Liberty, after thirty years, with the help of the board of visitors of UN and UNHCR. He left the organization and is currently living in Paris, France.
It is well known that many of the current residents of the Camp Liberty are living there against their will and are highly influenced by the PMOI leaders who use all possible methods for brainwashing and preventing them from leaving the camp. I have tried many times to contact my sister in the Camp but with no success. I even wrote a letter to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi (Current leader of the PMOI) and begged her to let me talk to my sister over the phone, at least once, but have not received any response yet.
So far I have never been able to see my sister in my life. I can’t stop thinking about her and I am so worried about her safety especially with the recent escalation of violence and clashes between ISIS and other forces in Iraq that can put the lives of Camp Liberty residents in danger.
My sister has never had the chance to freely choose where she wants to live and has been raised within an isolated and ideological group (PMOI) during all her life. As a result, she doesn’t have any idea about the life outside the camp and has never had the chance to live like a normal citizen.
I am very happy and thankful for recently accelerated the process of transferring residents of Camp Liberty.
As her sister, I would like to ask you to please please help her to leave the camp and enters into a third country as soon as possible.
Azar (Mona) Hossein Nejad