“I feel less than a human being,” says Mozhgan Moarefizadeh, an Iranian refugee in Indonesia. A smart, beautiful 26-year-old woman, Mozhgan had to flee her home country with her family due to political reasons. Their destination was Australia. What they thought would be a short transit in Indonesia turned out to be a long, 6-year… Continue reading Refugees in Indonesia: A Reflection on May 18 Academy
First, They Erased Our Name: A Rohingya Speaks (2019)
“I would have liked to tell him about everything that has happened to me. I would have liked to tell him about Arakan, our land that was confiscated, the arrests, imprisonment, the humiliation and torture, my house that was stolen, and the continuing persecution of my family who are held hostage under the apartheid system… Continue reading First, They Erased Our Name: A Rohingya Speaks (2019)
Calais Chronicles #2: Ahmed
His name is Ahmed. 24 years old. Syrian. A dentist by training. And a refugee by fate.
A Ripple in the Ocean: Volunteering in Calais Refugee Camp
It all started with a kind young man and a lifeless three year old boy. The photo of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian child who drowned in an attempt to reach Europe, quickly became a powerful symbol of the dangerous journeys our fellow human beings undergo to flee from Syria and other war-torn countries. As I… Continue reading A Ripple in the Ocean: Volunteering in Calais Refugee Camp
On Being Home and Homeless
My father had always teased me for helping displaced refugees while being homeless myself, as I’d practically been homeless in the UK for more than two months.
Calais Chronicles #1: My Sudanese Brother
Meet my dear friend and brother Jamal from Darfur, Sudan, one of the smartest & kindest people I met in ‘The Jungle’ camp.