Every refugee's story is unique and deserves to be told in their own way.
We strive to accommodate everyone by allowing storytellers to share
their experiences in the way they feel most comfortable.
Whether you prefer to share your story on camera or in a different format,
we work with you to bring your narrative to life.
We also offer alternative ways to share your story if you prefer not
to be on camera, ensuring that your voice is still heard.
We have translatorS
Hassan Al Kontar
A remarkable author with an incredible story to share. Originally from Syria, Hassan found himself stranded at Kuala Lumpur International Airport for several months due to his immigration status and has not been able to return to Syria since 2011. Despite these challenges, Hassan has persevered and written a book about his experiences. His inspiring journey is not one to be missed, so make sure to check out his book. Man@the_airport: How Social Media Saved My Life: One Syrian's Story
Born in Kabul, Tahmina Saleem holds a BA in Graphics and an MA in Visual Arts from Kabul University. Tahmina also worked as a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kabul University, and as a freelance documentary photographer, with a special focus on Afghan women. She is an alumna of the Sahar Speaks program and an advisor for both the Afghanistan Photographers Association and the Advocacy for Youth Network. Tahmina participated in several exhibitions in Afghanistan and had her photo essays exhibited in several countries. After arriving in Canada in 2019, and after Afghanistan collapsed to the Taliban, Tahmina started working with Jumpstart Refugee Talent and Youthful Cities to help with refugees, especially Afghan refugees who were evacuated from Afghanistan in 2021 and 2022. Check out her website to see her incredible work: https://tahminasaleem.com
Shams Erfan is a talented and courageous writer with a fascinating story to tell. Erfan worked as an English teacher at a school in Afghanistan before fleeing, in 2014, after receiving direct threats from the Taliban. Despite facing immense challenges, he spent eight years in refugee camps in Indonesia, teaching English to fellow refugees and anonymously blogging about the situation in the camps to bring their plight to the attention of the world. Presently, Shams is staying busy with many different projects. He is a writer and editor for The Archipelago, and a member of the Writers in Exile Group. Shams also works as a writer in residence at George Brown College, and writes for the organization Humans in Flight.