Maryam Rafiee

The Lut Desert

I grew up in the 80s and 90s in Iran. My parents’ travel methods were basically focused on road trips because they wanted my brother and I to see and feel our diverse country and culture in a tangible way. So instead of flying to our destination we drove there. We would swivel around in …

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On Human Rights Day, let’s stand up for our rights and for those of others

Dec. 10 marks Human Rights Day, an opportunity for the world to celebrate global progress toward human dignity and also to recognize how far we have to go to achieve what we deserve. As this day approached this question began to beset me more than any other time: What is my responsibility as an ordinary …

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‘I am my home’

Last winter, I took a drawing class in an art gallery. The first day of class everyone introduced themselves and talked about their favourite artists and why they took the class. But when my turn came, I felt uneasy. The first thing I said after my name was, “I am an immigrant.” It was a …

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