When refugees and asylum seekers were first told of a deal that Australia had struck to relocate them to the United States, some were sceptical but others allowed themselves to hope.
Last week, as confusion spread about whether the deal would be honoured by President Donald Trump, I interviewed 10 Iranian women about how they were feeling. They had rejected the subjugation of women’s lives in Iran by escaping – but in Australian immigration detention, they found another form of oppression.
Each of these women has lived on Nauru for almost four years and I can not stop admiring their persistence, consistency and hope to achieve not only peace but also justice.
The women below have given me their permission to share their thoughts. Here is what they told me.