@ivanagreslikova – Banská Bystrica, Slovakia – VENUS, Iran Venus grew up in Teheran, in a family of th…


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@ivanagreslikova – VENUS, Iran

Venus grew up in Teheran, in a family of the Bahá’í Faith that is the second largest religion in Iran, and which has been prosecuted. „When I was a kid, I remember I was buying a newspaper every day so my parents could see who of their friends and family members was arrested or executed. At school, they treated us differently only because we were Bahá’í. To hide it was not an option since our religion tells us to tell the truth. Always.

When I was 16, my brothers were arrested, and this just broke down my father. I’d never seen him so hopeless as at that time. That was a moment when my parents decided I should leave the country, so I escaped Iran through Pakistan to Sweden, where my brother was living.” Venus studied and lived in Sweden for 6 years. She might have remained there, but all changed after she met two students from former Czechoslovakia with whom she participated in projects of UNISEF, Amnesty and Red Cross. “For me, as an Iranian who escaped from her homeland, it was fascinating to see how people in Czechoslovakia fought to get their freedom back… It was so different from Sweden where I was living at that time… So I thought I could help out with my experience in Czechoslovakia, and I moved there…” Currently Venus lives in Bratislava, where she established a kindergarten and opened a class for first graders recently.
She also participates in the project „A live book“, where she travels around Slovakia and talks about Iran with young students and people attending the events in the libraries and cultural centers. “Have you returned to Iran ever since?”
“I haven’t… I couldn’t… But I wish I would one day…” #lookatmyproudhands

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