My family came from India when I was three…

My family came from India when I was three, and settled in Niddrie in Melbourne, where we were the first Asians on our street. But we were soon welcomed by our neighbour, Max, and his wife, Pat. Max loved to talk to Dad over the fence. Apparently, he thought it was...

I spent the first 20 years of my life in a refugee camp…

I spent the first 20 years of my life in a refugee camp in Sudan. My parents are from Eritrea, but had to flee before I was born. Although my father was in the army, he was also a politician, and after he expressed political views that were different to the...

Thiha

I was in prison for 17 years, 6 months and 16 days. At university, I started reading underground communist propaganda, which was dangerous. At that time in Burma, there was a one-party military dictatorship, and if you were caught with a communist paper, it was a 10...

I was always a rebel…

I was always a rebel. I always believed in myself, and wanted the best. If someone told me I couldn’t do it, I questioned why not? I have the same two hands, two legs, two eyes, the same 24 hours in one day. So even though we weren’t well off, I decided I wanted to...

I was 5 when my family had to flee Azerbaijan…

I was 5 when my family had to flee Azerbaijan. My father had supplied computers to the previous political party, and when the new party came into power, they started to imprison anyone who had been associated with the previous party. They didn’t imprison my father but...

I was born in a small town in Venezuela called Barquisimeto…

I was born in a small town in Venezuela called Barquisimeto. When I was 9, my parents divorced, and after that my mother pretty much raised us by herself. It was a very tough time for me, as I was really close to my dad, and my brothers closer to my mum. I was always...

My father stepped on a landmine and was brought home…

My father stepped on a landmine and was brought home to us in pieces in a casket. After that, my mother was left alone, in a hostile environment, with four kids under the age of fifteen. She was Catholic Croatian and my father was Orthodox Serbian. It was very unusual...