With very few exceptions, almost all of the passengers were either asylum seekers or families of those who had previously escaped the country. Some fearful for their life and others simply searching for a better time ahead. A few knew how they wanted to proceed upon arrival in Turkey and others were clueless of what was awaiting them. Some families entirely packed their life in small suitcases and others left it behind, hoping that one day, they'll be able to return to Iran.
Besides tears, laugh and the food they shared on this journey, only one other thing linked a political activist, a mom, a student, a lesbian, and a baha'i family; hope for a better future. (2013)