Shahram is an Iranian Kurd. During the Iran–Iraq war he and his mother and brothers were forced into Iraq from an Iraqi-occupied part of Iran. His father was a solider and had been arrested. He lived in terrible conditions in Iraq.
When the Iraqi occupation in Iran ended he and his family returned to Iran. In Iran he went to a language school to learn English and French. He then worked as a welder before working in his own convenience store.
He came to Denmark in 2011 to escape the conflict between Kurds and the Iranian government. He cannot return. He had a torturous trip to Denmark through several countries arranged through a people smuggler. He did not know where he would be taken until the people smuggler stopped and let him out at the main train station in Copenhagen. He managed to find a police station where he was told to seek asylum.
He spent three years in various asylum centres while his asylum application was processed. During this time he did volunteer work as a translator with Red Cross and also as a mentor to other refugees.
He now lives in a shared apartment with two other refugees and is doing work experience where he can practice speaking Danish. He has completed his Danish language course and would like to find work.
He was recently married to a Kurdish woman and is waiting for permission for her to come to Denmark.