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Fatemeh told Abbas that the Mojahedin had contacted her from Denmark and told her that her husband had been killed by Iranian guards while he was trying to cross the border. She also told him he has a daughter, also alive and who is now in the 3rd grade of school.
Autumn 2003, Germany. Taken from the book ‘Destruction of Forces’ by Mehdi Khoshhal Abbas Sadeghi Nejad began to know Mojahedin-e Khalq organisation in 1978 just before the start of the revolution. He was ranked in the students’ society section of the organization and continued there with his political activities. In 1981 and the start of armed struggle between the Mojahedin and the Islamic Republic of Iran, he lost contact with the organisation and because of this, Abbas registered with the Iranian armed forces and continued his political activities as part of an independent nucleus within the army. In 1988 he managed to re-establish contact with the organisation and remained in contact through radio communication. In 1990 the organisation appointed Abbas to take care of some of its injured and people in hiding. One injured person was in Hamadan. Abbas was living in Malayer at the time which meant a risky daily trip between the towns. After a long dangerous time his mission was completed. His contact told him that the regime had discovered his identity and he should leave the town immediately and then leave the country. His wife Fatemeh was 3 months pregnant. Abbas gave this as an excuse not to leave the country. But his contact assured him that the organisation would sort out his wife’s situation and that he should not be worried. Abbas was only able to send a message through a third person to his wife and could not even call her. He told her that he would be leaving the country and that she would be joining him later. He told her not to worry. Abbas first went to Ray (near Tehran) and then to Zahedan (south Iran) from where he was transferred to Karachi in Pakistan by the organisation’s contact, Mohamed Hussein Arbab. The person responsible for Karachi was a woman called Zahra Hamadani. Abbas told her about his wife as soon as he arrived in Karachi. Zahra told him ‘not to worry, we will sort out your problems. We are sending somebody to take your wife out of the county’. Two months later Abbas was transferred to Turkey and again and again asked about his wife. Each time they answered that he should ask about her when he got to Iraq as they could do nothing from here. Abbas was transferred to Iraq and from day one was placed under intensive military training. After a month, one of the commanders asked for him and said that they were following his case and the situation of his wife and ‘we will let you know as soon as we find out anything’. After two more months another commander asked for him and after talking a little to prepare the atmosphere, told Abbas, ‘we should have told you sooner but it is very likely that your wife has died in labour. You are a fighter and are with Mojahedin. You should concentrate more on your own mission which is to topple the regime. We have not given up and will still follow your wife’s case until we get certain news from her and we will let you know’. After receiving this news Abbas, although deeply concerned, could not accept this news about his wife. After couple of months he again asked about the death of his wife. This time one of the top commanders called him to a meeting saying it was a very important matter. The commander told Abbas that up to that date they had not been certain, but a few days ago they had confirmation that his wife had died in labour and the baby had also died. Although the news was very hard for Abbas, but his mind was at rest. At least now he knew that they had died. Up to that point the hope that the news was untrue had engaged part of his mind. Abbas stayed with Mojahedin and continued his struggle from the Iraqi territories. In 1994 he asked to leave Mojahedin. A few months later he was imprisoned for again asking to leave Mojahedin and was in prison until 1995. After his release and up to 2002 while he remained at the organisation’s base he tried to find ways to run away from the Mojahedin. In 1997, after Mohammad Khatami won the presidential election in Iran, the organisation, aiming to disrupt the process of political progress and the opening up of the political atmosphere in Iran, started its mortar attacks in the streets of Tehran and tried to send as many terror teams to Iran as it could. The organisation was desperately in need of people inside Iran who could support these teams while they were there. Commanders started asking all members to contact their families and friends in Iran in order to secure places in their houses and maybe even to recruit from them. Years had gone by and it was now a decade that Abbas had been in Iraq. One day the organisation asked him to contact his family to secure a place for a terror team ready to go into action. Abbas realised that he no longer had the telephone number of his immediate family, but the organization traced and found a number for him. In this way he contacted one of his distant relatives in Iran. When he rang, the other side would not accept that he is Abbas and repeatedly told him that Abbas had been killed 10 years ago while crossing the Iran-Iraq border. ‘He is definitely not alive’, Abbas was told by his relative. Abbas was shocked. The relative then told him, ‘if you keep insisting then call back in an hour’s time then we will find out whether you are truly Abbas’. He called back in an hour and heard. ‘If you are truly Abbas, then you should recognize your wife and she should recognize you. She is here now and wants to talk to you’. Abbas didn’t know what to do. His wife is alive? And is there? The moment that Abbas and Fatemeh heard each other, they knew that each and the other really are alive. Fatemeh told Abbas that the Mojahedin had contacted her from Denmark and told her that her husband had been killed by Iranian guards while he was trying to cross the border. She also told him he has a daughter, also alive and who is now in the 3rd grade of school. When Abbas discovered that for the past ten years he had been deceived by the Mojahedin so the organization could use them both with an open hand, he could not trust anything else any more. In his own words, “if to that day I was 10 percent determined to find a way to run away, from that day it became 100 percent. My wife and daughter were alive”. After two years, in 2002, Abbas managed to escape the Mojahedin together with two others and after some dangerous escapades arrived in Kurdistan where they took refuge in the United Nations office in Kurdistan. After two months Abbas received five thousand dollars from his wife and set off for Turkey. He stayed another two months in Turkey and in the autumn of 2002 he arrived in Germany. His wife and daughter are still in Iran and both sides are desperately looking forward to being together again. Abbas says, “contrary to Dostoevsky’s claim that ‘man can get used to anything’, we have experienced that you can never get used to unnecessary pain and suffering”.

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