Somayeh sought asylum in Australia in 2013 and was taken to Christmas Island. On her first day, she was searched and all her jewellery was confiscated.
Somayeh was living in Iran with her husband and their two children. Somayeh’s husband was tragically killed in a car accident when he was working as a truck driver.
In Iran, the law decrees that the husband’s family are allowed to take paternal possession of children, after a fathers’ death. However Somayeh did not want to lose her children, so she decided to flee the country and leave her mother and sisters behind.
When she left with her children, she decided to bring with her the gold jewellery that her husband had given her as a wedding gift – a necklace, earrings and bracelet.
Somayeh sought asylum in Australia in 2013 and was taken to Christmas Island.
On her first day, she was searched and all her jewellery was confiscated.
“Everything was taken. There was nothing left.”
After Somayeh was granted release, she asked for her jewellery back but it was never returned.
Today she is grateful that her children are safe here and does not regret her decision to escape.