Many refugees decide to flee their homeland, not because they want to, but because they have to. Arad Winwin
fled Iran in 2010 while serving in military. ‘If I would have been identified as gay by the Iranian police or government I would have been killed
In Iran, gay sexual activity is illegal and those found guilty face imprisonment and/or being lashed.
Arad escaped on foot through the snowy mountains between Iran and Turkey, but without a passport was arrested and imprisoned for six months when he arrived in Turkey. “During this time, Turkey was getting ready to deport me back to Iran where I would have been hanged for being a military deserter
.” In prison, Arad met more Iranians trying to escape who told him about the UN Refugee Program.
Arad got into US and finally could live a life he always wanted to – a life where he can freely decide what he wants to do. Arad is currently signed exclusively to MEN.com
“I had always wanted to model but that isn’t even a choice in Iran. Unless one follows the strict religious laws you will be arrested.”