Sahel: ‘Learning Is Very Important to Me—Maybe It’s This Issue That Keeps Me Alive’

  • Mahnaz Sekechi
Part of the Studies in the Psychosocial book series (STIP)


Sahel’s narrative in Iran was one of desire for ‘equality’ and education at the same time as she struggled with personal tragedies. She was politically active against both regimes, the Shah and the Islamic Republic. She arrived in the UK as a single mother with a young son and the job offer of teaching Farsi. While in the UK, despite financial, personal and family hardships, she has achieved growth through further education and a degree of self-realisation through work she values and ongoing learning which provides a lifeline for her. A price paid for life in migration has been the sacrifice of close familial relationships she had before travelling to the UK. Sahel is grateful for being and working in London and considers the prices paid for her migration a fair exchange.


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  • Mahnaz Sekechi
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  1. 1.Department of Psychosocial StudiesBirkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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