For my final year of University in 2014, I decided to write & create a book around my families migration to Australia. Here’s my story…

“My family may not live in the biggest house in Sydney. We may not drive a flash car. But what we do have is more than enough, and more than we may have had otherwise. Our wealth is in the heritage and culture we share with our extended family. This is something that is priceless. This is something my family would be lost without, and something that we are proud to share.”

“Jordan is a nation of contrasts. Wealthy people drive fancy cars and impoverished families live in tents made from potato sacks. I was more curious to know how the latter lived, and they were open and willing enough to talk. Visiting their home I found myself wondering how these people managed to survive. As chickens and goats scattered around in the background, women told me how they survived by selling fresh produce such as milk, butter, yogurt and bread to locals. While modernisation has contributed luxury cars and wealth to some parts of Jordanian society, however many people in urban areas are living much more humble lives.”

“There were parts of Jordan that seemed similar to any western culture to me. Shopping centres, flash cars and beautiful new houses, but i preferred to visit the older areas where the contrast between the wealthy and poor were perhaps starker than in Australia. I preferred places that exhibited the difference between the Jordan we left behind and the Australia in which we live. I found myself drawn to people who were struggling the same way my parents had twenty years ago.”



  • March 14, 2018

    From another person with immigrant parents

    Sonya, this is so beautiful. I am moved.

  • April 1, 2018


    Thank you beautiful. X

  • April 23, 2018


    would love to have a picture with you Sonya…

  • April 23, 2018

    leanne bridges

    after watching you on mkr and after reading this web site, you have so much to offer. i feel that you were you led astray by your partner.
    good wishes for the future.

  • April 25, 2018

    Joanne Stockdale

    Love the book you have created. Your parents must be so proud of you that you were interested enough in their struggle to find out about how it must’ve been for them. I am not from immigrant parents but spent three years living in Abu Dhabi and Qatar with my husband and daughter. It was 20 yrs ago and not the trendy travel destinations they are now. I saw the huge gulf between rich and poor, and spent a lot of time learning about middle eastern culture. I found the whole area fascinating and so different from Australia. Well done on this beautiful record of your family.

  • April 25, 2018


    Wow! Being proud of your heritage and being grateful for what you have has more value than any materialistic object in the word. Thankyou for the heart touching story. We should all learn to be thankful for what we have in our lives. Your story inspires everyone who reads it, no matter what you have been told or what rumours have been spread remember that you are amazing and loved, beautiful to pure hearts. Stay strong!
    God bless your heart.
    Thank you gorgeous,

  • April 26, 2018


    This is amazing and it resonates with me, my family and my background.

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