Navid Afkari was young, handsome, and according to his friend, had such a gentle soul that he “wouldn’t even harm an ant.” As a champion wrestler in Iran, the 27-year-old had a bright future. Yet his young and promising life was cut short on September 12, when he was tortured then secretly executed by the Iranian regime.
Two years ago, like many of his fellow citizens, Navid decided he had enough of the brutal regime in Iran. In his own words, the economic conditions in Iran have been so devastating that he had to give up wrestling to find a job to support his family. So Navid joined his fellow Iranians in one of the largest peaceful protests in Iran’s history.
Between December 2017 and January 2018, protests rejected the regime’s policy that supported terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq, and throughout the Middle East while ignoring economic hardships at home. The protesters called for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei