NAB’s Anahita (Ana) Ware was born in Tehran, Iran during the Iran-Iraq War.
“It was 1985 and I was born in the middle of this chaos,” said Ana. “Whenever there was a radio alert that war planes were flying overhead, the hospital turned the lights off so that the planes couldn’t see where they were bombing.
“My mum thought, ‘I’m going to die with my baby.’”
For the first seven months of her life, Ana and her family hid in the countryside away from the bombings in Tehran. Then, in 1986, they were sponsored by an uncle to migrate to Australia.
“My parents could both speak English well and had good professions,” she said, “so we were extremely lucky to escape Iran.”