Sweden – Iran
Siavosh is a Swedish Social Activist, founder of Young People Against Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia. He was born in Sweden of Iranian parents with Azerbaijani origins, who fled Iran in search of a better life in Scandinavia. As a teenager, concerned by growing anti-Semitism sentiments among his fellow Muslim friends, he organized a trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Germany, seeking to build bridges of understanding between Jews and Muslims. His initiative blossomed into a movement to combat xenophobia in Sweden, and Siavosh now travels throughout the country to spread his message of equality and dignity to schools, businesses and civil society organizations.
“We wanted to build bridges between various minorities. We were going to fight hatred with love. For every individual in here can make a difference, and we should not be fearing extremism or radicalization or terrorists. The only thing we should be fearful of is the good people’s silence.”