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Karim’s story

I grew up in Afghanistan, where my people, the Hazara, have been persecuted for hundreds of years. As a child, my school was burnt down and no Hazara were allowed to get an education. We were very poor due to the...

Dabessa’s story

My name is Dabessa and I am an Australian citizen, originally from Oromia, Ethiopia. My wife and I are members of the Oromo community, a group that have been persecuted in our home country for many years. In Ethiopia...

Nazem’s story

This story was published as part of the Refugee Council of Australia’s previous campaign, Fair Go, supporting family reunion. After all these years, look at me and my situation now, I am an old lonely man, far...

Puran’s story

This story was published as part of the Refugee Council of Australia’s previous campaign, ‘Fair Go’. The hardest time of year is Dipawali, which is an important festival celebrated especially between...