An ongoing Saga: Refugees from the Middle East


Written by Azadeh Tabazadeh

An Ongoing Saga: Refugees from the Middle East
Nov 28, 2015

If you really want to know how innocent families fall victim to retaliating wars and bombings in the Middle East read my story. My family and I had the means to flee Iran 33 years ago in the midst of a raging war and political chaos, but the majority of Iranians, Afghanis, Iraqis and now Syrians don’t have the resources to get out.

In the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution in Iran only Spain would allow Iranians to enter without a visa. My family and I fled Iran in 1982 and sought refugee in Spain before winning visas to come to the United States. Frankly, I don’t know what would have happened to my family and me and thousands of Iranians in the early 1980s if all countries would have shut their doors on us. Today, I would say that we have blended well into the American melting pot. I became a Ph. D scientist, and my family now owns a business that employees over 500 people, making a positive contribution to the US economy.

Helping refugees and educating them is the best longterm solution to end the reign of terror in the Middle East.

Have mercy on Syrian refugees!

Azadeh Tabazadeh



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