Richard's story

Richard is seeking asylum in Australia. He converted to Christianity in Iran and fled after his Christian girlfriend was taken by the Islamic militia Basij. He attends a local church in southwest Sydney. Once a week, Richard drives a van to Flemington markets to buy food, which his mother cooks and he distributes to people who go without food in the community. He was successful in getting a full University scholarship given his commitment to community volunteering and exceptional High School results. However, Richard needs to complete a full-time English for Academic Purposes course at TAFE for him to go to university. He has been informed that he must cease his full time English studies to commence work. He will not be able to his access his scholarship and study at University after waiting over six years for this opportunity.