Alshaima Omama Alzubi, a non-binary lesbian, landed safely in their new home of Australia on 1 January. After first fleeing to Turkey in July 2020, they later made it to Lebanon where they spent a week in custody last Christmas.

They were stripped of their passport and made aware of an Interpol Red Notice out for their arrest, though managed to get to Australia thanks to the endless work of NGOs and human rights organisations.

Alzubi, who was previously only known to the media as AOA, told SBS News that they finally feel “supported”. “Now I feel supported, seen, heard and treated like a human being regardless of my beliefs, gender identity, and sexual orientation,” they explained.