Author(s): Shamsalipoor, M; Jafari, M; James Knight
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 become a proud Australian citizen soon, 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 way history has shaped the lives of these two young people. For Mojgan and Milad, their love and the compassion alive in our suburbs helps keep their hope to build a free life in Australia alive.
Mojgan Shamsalipoor (Author) Mojgan Shamsalipoor was born in Iran and at seventeen she fled the country hoping to find sanctuary. She arrived in Australia and requested asylum. Mojgan is currently living in Brisbane with her husband, Milad Jafari. She hopes to be able to stay in Australia and study to become a midwife. Milad Jafari (Author) Milad Jafari was born in Iran and he and his family had to leave their homeland to escape political persecution. He lives in Brisbane with his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor. Milad is working, studying and looking forward to the day he becomes an Australian citizen. James Knight (Author) 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.