Mina’s life as a victim of sexual and domestic abuse saw her flee Iran – but her life in a tent for three-and-a-half years in Nauru wasn’t much better, she says. Despite longing for Australia, Mina is determined to make a good life in the United States – but it’s a lonely start. She knows no-one, doesn’t drive, and is having difficulty finding a permanent job.
Meet Juli, her military husband, their son and daughter, and Bashir and his refugee mate. This photo is from Bashir’s visit to their home in San Francisco. “He wanted to come see the city.” More than anything, Bashir wanted someone to talk to. To share his story. “We talk a lot and we stay in touch. You forget how young they are, given everything he’s gone through. He showed us pictures of the tents they lived in and just kept telling us how horrible it was.”
“When I got the tickets I started to think that 'this is happening'. I was elated,” Reza said. “It was an amazing feeling for everyone because we were thinking that our terrible time in Manus is finally going to be over.”
“People are busy here. They work. They are hopeful for the future,” he said of the United States. “This is very important and I love it. I will try hard for a better life.”