Gilda and Audrey

In this story, Audrey talks to her mother, Gilda, about Gilda’s harrowing escape from Iran as a teenager after the Islamic Revolution began exactly 40 years ago, and how she feels about living in a country where Audrey says refugees aren’t always welcomed or helped.

Last names were not given to protect their family’s privacy.

This story was recorded at the StoryCorps Mobile Booth in Orlando in 2019. It was produced locally by Juan Gualda at WMFE. Find more stories at or on the StoryCorps: Orlando podcast.

Support for StoryCorps: Orlando comes from Orlando Health and our members (become a member). StoryCorps: Orlando’s theme music is from “See You Letter” by Jordan Foley, a singer-songwriter based in Orlando.