It is not easy to speak the truth always. Especially, when the truth can cost your life or that of your loved ones. I know this from first-hand experience. From a young age, I learnt to hide the truth because of my father’s political activism in Iran. I learnt to pretend.
Coping with migration, especially as an exile is not easy. I get it. I wrote about the challenges faced by people who have been forced out of their homes as a result of conflict, human rights violations, violence, or have escaped persecution, in my previous post.
Exile is the state of being forced to live away from one’s native country, either for punitive or political reasons. For the intent of this post, and as far as my personal experience spans I am going to focus on the latter.
As a child refugee who grew up in exile,