A woman who fled her home country of Afghanistan and ended up in Australia was inspired by a story from a book she read about her mother and brother escaping the communist regime in her homeland.
A group of Afghan asylum seekers have taken the woman from their country to a temporary refugee centre in Melbourne, and she has been given a job to support herself and her children.
Ms Zulfiqar Begum was just 17 when she escaped to Australia, living in the capital, Canberra.
“The first time I got on the plane to go to the airport I was nervous and a bit afraid because the Taliban were holding people hostage, but I decided to take the train and I was happy,” Ms Begum told ABC Radio Melbourne.
She landed in Melbourne on September 30, 2015 and said she was immediately welcomed by the people of her new home country.
“The whole country was welcoming, the police were very nice,” Ms Zuhair said.
A few months later, Ms Begums sister, who was living in Kabul, travelled to Melbourne to visit her mother.
Ms Zuhirgum and her sister were also accepted into the Refugee Resettlement Program, a scheme for people who have fled their home country to find permanent resettlement in Australia.
At the time, the centre was only set up to provide temporary accommodation for people in Afghanistan, and Ms Zulay said she never imagined that her family would eventually be part of the Australian resettlement program.
The family arrived in Australia in 2015 and Ms Begump’s sister has since returned to Afghanistan to help her with her children’s education.
ABC News: Ms Zuzubah Begum and daughter Abdulla are in the process of moving into their new home, in a small apartment in Melbourne’s west.
As well as their daughter Abdi, the family also has two other children, aged two and four.
“[My sister] is very happy, she is learning English very well, she has learned to read and write,” Ms Jazmin said.
“And now her whole life is coming back to her in a new way.”
Ms Begum said the support of her family has been invaluable in helping her to settle in Melbourne.
“It has made me so happy,” she said.
“My children are learning so much from me, and I love them.”
Ms Jazmine said her sister has been very helpful and helpful in helping the family settle.
“Abdulla, she doesn’t talk much, but we have so many things to do, so many different things to try and do,” she explained.
“She is so helpful, she’s just very loving and caring.”
Ms Jazi, who also lives in the Melbourne suburb of Pitts Plains, said her daughter is very much like her mother: “She is very strong, she knows how to fight, she loves to fight and she loves the game.”
Her mother was very brave and she was not afraid to die.
“Ms Zulayan Begum is expected to join her family soon and said there are other families in Afghanistan who could benefit from her support.
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