“Best of luck”

My name is Alireza, and I’m 38 years old. I came from Iran two years ago to Sweden. I’m married and we live together in Sweden. We got married in Iran. In Iran, I worked at a factory for 15 years. At the moment I study Swedish to study at university. My son was born in Sweden and I wish him all the best of luck in the future.

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Dublin Core: Language: swe Subject: asylum, refugees, A Million Stories, Sweden, Iran

We fled over the mountains by foot

Man, 39 years old, West Kurdistan (Iran)

As a result of the political situation in Iran, I decided to flee with my wife and children: We fled over the mountains by foot and it took us around 10 hours to reach Turkey where we went in bus to Izmir, which took us another 30 hours. And from Izmir we got out on the sea in a rubber dinghy that was 6 metres long and we were in total 40 persons on the boat.    Continue reading “We fled over the mountains by foot”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: a million stories, denmark, kurdistan, iran, refugee,

“My family was happy to know that I was still alive”

My name is Farhad, I’m 18 years old and I come from Afghanistan.
I had a very difficult life in Iran, because I did not have a residence permit there. When I was 14 I was quite tall and the police had there Eyes on me. I was’nt alowed to attend school and I could not play with other children.

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Dublin Core: Language: swe Subject: asylum, refugees, A Million Stories, Sweden

If you choose to be Christian, they call you ‘ertedad’

Davoud Lajmiri is a 30 year old man, from Iran.

I have a bachelor in architecture, and had my own business in Iran. I worked and studied. I was 28 years when I left the country. I was Christian in Iran. When in Iran, there is no choice, everyone has to join the army. When I was in the army, I used to go to the secret hidden Christian church, that was outside the army facility. We couldn’t practice our faith openly. The regime found out about it. Someone who was in the army was also working for the regime, and they told people from the government about me. The government officers hacked into my phone and found some Christian scriptures. That is why I left the country. Continue reading “If you choose to be Christian, they call you ‘ertedad’”

Dublin Core: Language: en Subject: refugee, asylum, a million stories, denmark, iran, ertedad, religion

“I just want to live my life just like everyone else”

My name is Mansour and I’m 19 years old from Afghanistan.
Even when I was 10 years old, I felt like I was a little different compared to other children, but I dared not tell my family. I discovered that this issue was also forbidden in Iran. I could not stay there either, so I had to flee from Sweden to seek asylum.

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Dublin Core: Language: swe Subject: asylum, refugees, A Million Stories, Sweden