The power of stories
We are a group of Iranian-American Yale physicians in diaspora, by force or by choice, who gathered for the first time on a night on Oct 13, 2022, about a week after the widespread #MahsaAmini movement had started in Iran. We shared our personal stories & coped with the immense emotions, far away from home. We did not know what we were looking for on that night, but we found empathy, compassion, love and a sense of belonging in each other.
This initial gathering led to a solidarity event for Iran held at Yale, which in turn helped make Yale the first Ivy league university to declare solidarity with the Iranian protesters. But this was only the beginning of our journey. We have decided to continue our work, to become story-tellers for our community, to be the voice of Iranians going through this mass collective trauma. We found healing though re-telling these stories, and raised awareness for ourselves and the people around us.