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Under the Same Sky - Mojgan Shamsalipoor

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The powerful and incredibly moving story of Mojgan Shamsalipoor and Milad Jafari - two young Iranian asylum seekers who are showing that the power of love can conquer all obstacles.

After fleeing their homeland, Australian refugee policies threaten to tear a 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 hope alive.

About the Authors

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 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 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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An inside view of the refugee experience

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Informative
  • Well Written

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      Comments about Under the Same Sky:

      An inside view of the refugee experience switching between hope and despair. It is an view that most Australians wouldn't be aware of and challenges the mind wash that we are being subject to by the bureaucracy which demonizes asylum seekers coming by boat. James Knight does a great job of filing in the historical and political background. A love story of two young people who have hopes and dreams of a better life.

       
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      havent had time to read it yet but your service is amazing

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      5.0

      A must read for every Australian.

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Heart wrenching
      • Informative
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      • Well Written

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      • Understanding boat people

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      Every Australian should read this book, whatever your views on boat people are. It's factual & informs you of what you don't hear about boat people in the mainstteam media.

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      ISBN: 9780733637827
      ISBN-10: 0733637825
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 352
      Published: 26th April 2017
      Publisher: Hachette Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.7
      Weight (kg): 0.46
      Edition Number: 1