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Under the Same Sky: From Iran to Australia, an unforgettable story of seeking refuge, being torn apart by government detention and freed by love

James Knight, Mojgan Shamsalipoor, Milad Jafari

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Biography, Prose: non-fiction

After fleeing their homeland, Australian refugee policies threaten to tear this young couple apart. An unforgettable story of love, hope and a quest for freedom.

As seen on AUSTRALIAN STORY.

After fleeing their homeland, Australian refugee policies threaten to tear this young couple apart. An unforgettable story of love, hope and a quest for freedom.

At seventeen, all Mojgan Shamsalipoor wanted was to be safe from physical and sexual abuse, go to school, and to eventually marry for love. In Iran, she was denied all of this.

Milad Jafari was a shy teenage boy who found his voice as a musician. But the rap music he loved was illegal in his country. All Milad's father, a key maker, builder and shopkeeper, wanted was for his family to live free from the fear of arrest, imprisonment or execution. To do that they all had to flee Iran.

Mojgan and Milad met in Australia. But in the months between their separate sea voyages, the Australian government changed the way asylum seekers were treated. Though Milad is recognised as a refugee and will soon become a proud Australian citizen, Mojgan has been told she cannot stay here even though the threat of imprisonment and further abuse, or worse, means she can't return to Iran.

UNDER THE SAME SKY, is a powerful insight into the human face of asylum seekers and the the way history has shaped the lives of these two young people. It also shows the compassion alive in our suburbs. For Mojgan and Milad, their love keeps their hopes alive.

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Praise for Under the Same Sky: From Iran to Australia, an unforgettable story of seeking refuge, being torn apart by government detention and freed by love

  • A powerful insight into the human face of asylum seekers - Readings

  • What affected me most powerfully was a sense of fury and despair that the world's refugee problem is principally caused by political and / or religious lunacy which foments oppression and violence - ReadPlus

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Mojgan and Milad tell us what freedom means to them.

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Mojgan tells us about some of her memories in detention.

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Mojgan tells us what this story means to her.

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Author James Knight tells us about his new book Henry and Banjo

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Mojgan and Milad tell us what freedom means to them.

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Mojgan tells us about some of her memories in detention.

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Mojgan tells us what this story means to her.

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Mojgan and Milad tell us why they are telling their story.

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Author James Knight tells us about his new book Henry and Banjo

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James Knight

James Knight has worked in network television, independent documentaries and is a bestselling author. He has written twelve non-fiction books, with topics including cricket, travel, mountaineering, and human-interest biographies. He wrote THE DRAGON'S JOURNEY, an incredible story about Vietnamese boat person Duy Long Nguyen; THE MAN FROM COOLIBAH, the bestselling biography of outback legend Milton Jones; and most recently worked with Sally Faulkner on ALL FOR MY CHILDREN. James lives in Sydney.

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