Big hearted. Lover of Animals. Seeker of self. Storyteller, artist and creative. Iago is all of these and so much more. Adam chats with Iago in our third episode.

Iago was born in Iraq and spent his adolescent years in Saudi Arabia.  Despite intense pressure to conform, Iago has strived to express himself, his true self, his whole life. He has faced obstacles that would have pushed others over the edge. Instead, he has turned to the arts, and his extraordinary resourcefulness, to create a different life.

In his episode, Iago talks about his journey against incredible odds, and his search for peace and a place to belong.

Even though he’s now in Australia, Iago is still living with threats and fear. For that reason, we’ve used a pseudonym – Iago is not his real name. And if you’ve digging around in your memory banks trying to remember where you know that name from, let us help you out – he’s the loud mouthed maccaw from Aladdin. Iago thought this was a good option – 1) for the Arab references, and 2) because it reminds him of his own, lovingly dubbed, “stupid anxious birds”.

We’ve also removed or changed all identifying details to protect Iago’s identity, including adding a voice distortion. It’s not as easy to listen to as Iago’s natural voice, so to make it more digestible, we’ve broken his story into two parts. Part one will be released on Thursday 30 July and part two on Sunday 2 August.

Note that Part 2 of Iago’s story deals with some heavy topics including sexual violence, trafficking and paedophilia and contains course language. We advise listening away from young ears or if this isn’t for you, skip this episode and join us for our next episode released 6 August 2020.

Listen now on your favourite podcast app or via the podcast player below.

Our Panel at the REIMAGINE virtual festival In My Country

We bring you In My Country’s panel discussion at the REIMAGINE Virtual Festival held in November 2020 for our second bonus episode of the season. Join Pia in conversation with four of the guests from season one, Alyas, Liliana, Marcela and Tenzin. They discuss changing the conversation about what it means to be a refugee and why this is so important for all Australians, and share their thoughts about how all of us can create communities of welcome where we live. Make sure to stay to the end of the episode for a special performance from (newly) grammy-nominated musician Tenzin Choegyal.. . .  The panel was possible thanks to the support of Multicultural Australia.Audio from the panel was recorded and mixed lived by Addited Films https://addictedfilms.com/ Final sound mixing by David Gaylard.  All music is from the Free Music Archive. Full song details and more information is available on the episode page at https://inmycountrypodcast.com/2021/02/25/bonus-ep-our-panel-at-the-reimagine-virtual-festival/ Our logo and graphic design is by Mo Zaidan https://www.behance.net/moezaidan  We have also been helped and supported by a generous and talented community of people. For a full list of credits visit inmycountrypodcast.com/credits/ You can watch the full panel discussion from REIMAGINE on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqW0N1Ftb88Join the conversation: Facebook.com/InMyCountryPodcast Instagram: @inmycountrypodcast Subscribe to our mailing list at http://eepurl.com/g6-YTz Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
  1. Our Panel at the REIMAGINE virtual festival
  2. Alyas on our Aus Pod Awards win
  3. Liliana
  4. Marcela
  5. Tenzin

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Episode Credits

Sound is mixed by David Gaylard.

This episode is sponsored by  Multicultural  Australia, a charity welcoming refugees, people seeking asylum, international students and other new arrivals to Queensland with the goal of creating a fairer, more prosperous society for all Queenslanders.  Learn more by joining the Multicultural Australia community at www.multiculturalaustralia.org.au

All music is from Free Music Archive.  We have cut and/or looped sections from the following tracks in this episode:

Our logo and graphic design is by Mo Zaidan.  

We  have  also  been helped and supported by a generous and talented community of people.  For a full  list of  credits visit www.inmycountrypodcast.com/credits

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