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Iraq: 23rd Victim of Camp Liberty Medical Siege, Residents Protest UN-US Inaction

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From 2009 the US went back on its moral and legal obligations and handed over the protection of these residents to the Iraqi government. From then onward due to the medical siege imposed on the Iraqi forces loyal to the former prime minster, Nouri al-Maliki – that continue to impose pressure and psychological torture on the residents – the camp residents are under harsh and inhumane conditions.A group of residents in Camp Liberty, adjacent to Baghdad International Airport and home to more 2,500 Iranian refugee dissidents, held a rally on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 protesting the continuing medical siege on this camp which has to this day taken the lives of more than 23 victims. These protesters hold the United Nations and US government responsible for the status quo.

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To whom should I cry and extend my voice!

By Elaham Kiamanesh

“Both my parents lost their lives from medical siege,” says a close friend of mine, Asefeh Haidairan.

It’s the 21st century and the era where mobile and smartphones have become the main device of communication even dominating laptop and PC’s… But there lives a couple of thousand educated people in a part of the world surrounded by long, gray, concrete walls being deprived and forbidden of even having free access to medical and hospital care. Yes, among them is a friend of mine, who lost both parents to this brutal siege.

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23rd victom of medical Siege on Camp Liberty

Iraq: 23rd Iranian member of PMOI passes away due to medical siege on Camp Liberty

At 6:30 this morning of January 13, 2015, Ms. Mahin Afzali suffered a heart attack and subsequently lost her life at the Iraqi clinic in Camp Liberty due to cardiac arrest.

Ms. Afzali, born in 1950, was an official of the People’s Mojaheidn Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) with 36 years of struggle against the religious dictatorship ruling Iran. She who had been suffering from heart ailment for a long time became the 23rd patient losing her life due to the anti-human blockade.

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Under The Siege

By Ahmad Rahbar

This is the story of those who have appointments with death instead of doctors.

I never thought one day he would be the victim of an inhumane siege, he who had been named the angel of rescue. Due to his fluent Arabic and English, and working with patients for years establishing deep humane relationships, he had become very warm and beloved for them. On that notorious day when Behruz suffered a heart attack, I went looking for him everywhere. When I found him and told him what had happened, he said in a very calm manner that he just needed a few minutes to get ready. He truly got ready, as quickly possible, and we got into the ambulance heading to the camp’s exit gate where Iraqi security forces controlling the camp are stationed. I tried very hard to accompany Behruz and Hossein to the hospital to be there and help, but the Iraqi forces did not allow me and I had no choice but to angrily get out of the ambulance. As the vehicle was distancing, I remembered the first time I saw Behruz in Ashraf when he was telling me how six of his family members had been killed by Khomeini’s fundamentalist Revolutionary Guards. Now, I was worried and praying to God to keep him safe.

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Increasing cruelty on Liberty residents in 21st century

 By Nasrin Faizi

The Wall of China is very beautiful. The Egyptian Pyramids are one of the world’s seven wonders. However, when we read history we come to understand that behind all these beauties are thousands of slaves and prisoners who lost their lives under the extremely heavy loads, and their bodies are hidden inside the greatness and magnificence of those very rocks.

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Camp Liberty: Free Access to Physicians

By Saeid Mehdizadeh

Free access to physicians and medical services are one of the most basic human rights that no individual can deprive any other of. However, here in Camp Liberty near Baghdad International Airport, home to Iranian opposition members fighting the fascist regime ruling Iran, there is no sign of respecting this human rights principle. In fact,

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