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…
I appreciated listening to their stories about family, their country, their landing on Christmas Island and their day-to-day life in the centre. I took men out of the centre three afternoons a week. They enjoyed experiencing the beauty of the island, finding coconuts and mangoes, sitting watching the ocean and families swimming, and observing the navy boat keeping guard.
“I am working with one of the biggest advocacy organisations in Australia. It’s called Get Up Australia. I basically do research with the media team and the different campaign teams. I help the different campaign teams in doing research, writing, emails, reading emails, giving feedback to the teams and the members of Get Up.”
After I arrived in Australia in 2014, I lodged my protection visa application and I have been granted a Bridging Visa without any problems. Still my case is in the preliminary stages, so I am waiting for the results. But I think I have been accepted by the community. I have to say that Australia has wonderful unity, multiculturalism, equality and, most important, the rules of human rights and humanitarian laws.
I remember seeing soldiers coming to the house in the night. They took my mom, she was pregnant.