Asylum seekers are people who, because fear of persecution in their home countries, have crossed international borders in search of protection. Names in these stories have been changed for safety and privacy.
The story of Adam
As a young boy, Adam sang a cultural song at school. Instead of seeing joy and pride on the faces of adults, he was beaten by police. Adam is Kurdish, and in Turkey that means violence, verbal abuse, and a lack of access to education and healthcare.
From Iran to New Zealand: Ivan and Cushla’s journey
Ivan was an engineer and his wife Cushla owned a successful hair salon. The Iranian Government began harassing and spying on them, not because they had committed any crimes, but because they had some American friends – enough to excite suspicion.