I am 16 years old and I was born in Lebanon. I have been living in Melbourne for almost two years. My family and I have periodically lived in Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Jordan and Australia. My parents fled Lebanon during the refugee crisis almost thirty years ago.
In 1973 I arrived in Australia from Jordan and I am ethnically Palestinian. Since 1982, I have been working as a professional interpreter, predominantly in community health centres and public hospitals.
I am 21 years old and arrived in Australia in May 2015, with my parents, two sisters and my younger brother. We are originally from Iraq, but when I was 13 years old, the conflict and growing instability in our home country forced us to flee Iraq and head to Turkey.
I arrived in Australia with my sister, Asmahan, and her three children in 2012, through the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). My sister was widowed during the Iraq war. We fled Iraq and lived in Syria and Jordan before being resettled in Australia.
I arrived in Australia from Lebanon in 1996. I was 24 years old, married and pregnant with my first child. Although my husband and I moved in with my mother-in-law who had been living in Australia for many years, I had no other family and social networks of my own.