During that time they talked about the organization, revolution, how to forget everything and … it means brainwashing. They teased me and asked me why I had joined them. They called me an infiltrator. “Tell us the truth… Why did you come to the organization?” they asked. I said that I had not gone there by my own will and that they had deceived me. They lied to me and took me to their camp. They said that these are the excuses of infiltrators.
I’m Habiballah Rezapour. I joined the MKO in late January 2002.
I had traveled to Turkey to find a job when someone came to me, while having lunch in a restaurant in Istanbul, and talked about job and sending me to the west. He said they would send me wherever I wanted but before that, I had to go to Baghdad. I didn’t know Baghdad. He said I had to go to Baghdad and stay there for 5 to 6 months. “You should become a Mojahed otherwise we can’t send you. You have to stay there for 5-6 months until you’re trained and taught language,” he said. He asked if I had any relatives there. My answer was negative.
Then they brought an Iraqi passport for me under the name of Abduljamil and took me to the airport. I went to Syria and stayed there for a day. An old man came and gave us the ticket for Baghdad. At Baghdad Airport, Baathists asked us if we wanted to go to MKO’s base and we said yes.
At MKO’s base, there was a woman who had called me when I was in Turkey. She had said that she was calling from Germany. Then in the camp, she said that she had been calling me from the camp in Iraq, not Germany; I mean she had lied to me. She said that I had to stay with them for 6 months and become revolutionary if I wanted to go to west. “What’s revolution?” I asked. She answered that I had to forget everything: wife, kids, father, mother, everything. “You should clean your mind of everything, otherwise you can’t stay here for 6 month to be sent to the west,” she said.
They kept me for 3 months in the Entrance Section. Then they called me an “infiltrator”. I denied it. They said that I had gone to war fronts earlier, so I was an infiltrator. They didn’t treat me well. I was left alone in a room for 2 or 3 months. Then, they took me to the army and I was 9 in Reception for 9 months. During that time they talked about the organization, revolution, how to forget everything and … it means brainwashing. They teased me and asked me why I had joined them. They called me an infiltrator. “Tell us the truth… Why did you come to the organization?” they asked. I said that I had not gone there by my own will and that they had deceived me. They lied to me and took me to their camp. They said that these are the excuses of infiltrators.
One of the members whom I knew was Mir Habib. He asked me why I had joined the MKO. I said for work. He said that there was no job, no work and that I had to fight with the regime. I said that I had nothing to do with regime when I was in Iran. Anyway, Mir Habib said that he would guarantee that I wasn’t an infiltrator. Then, they sent me to Base 14. There, I had to work from morning to night just like a slave. They said that they wanted to attack Iran. They took us on the ground and we worked very hard to transfer weapons and ammunitions.
One day, Americans bombed our bases. MKO, experiencing the failure and defeat, took us back to the camp. We were in the camp for sometime and then they announced that we could go to US camp. I said that I wanted to go too, but they didn’t accept and said that the regime may use me for killing dissidents! We could never call our families. They said that making contacts were banned. “Mother, brother, wife and kids are all your enemies. You should forget them all and obey Massoud and Maryam,” they said. I said that I was the son of my mother not Maryam.
Then I couldn’t stand the situation anymore and I escaped. But they caught me and said that I had to go to Exit section because the Americans wouldn’t accept me if I escaped this way. In the Exit Section, they forced me to sign a paper, saying that there was nothing left between me and them. Then I said that I would escape from the camp. They said that I should not talk against them in Iran and … then they delivered me to Americans. I was in the US-run camp for 2 months and a half. They mistreated us. After that, Red Cross registered our names for returning to Iran. Now, I’m happy that I’m in my country and I can continue to work here.
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