Previously in Refuge#31 Ethiopian Borderlands: Otholi describes how his homeland was divided into two by the British during colonial times. As a consequence of this...
Otholi talks about the fertile Gambella plains in Ethiopia, and how the Anuak lived as one people before the demarcation the Sudanese and Ethiopian border.
Sabah and Lamia still miss Iraq where they were more than just a number, but their daughter Ranin embraces the new opportunities that she has in Australia.
Even playing chess was dangerous during Saddam Hussein's rule. So Iba translates for the Americans when they arrive, but the violence doesn't stop.
In 1979, Sabah was jailed in Iraq for being a communist. He and Lamia describe how political dissent, imprisonment and war affected them.
Iraqi playwright Sabah Al-anbari falls in love with his leading lady. Their families strongly object because Sabah is Muslim while Lamia is Mandae.
Sabah, an Iraqi playwright, describes the last scene of violence his family witnessed enroute to Jordan, where they hoped to apply for asylum to Australia.
After the ousting of Saddam Hussein, an Iraqi playwright is blacklisted and his daughter, a chess champion, is told not to visit the chess centre anymore.