Local Effort to Help a Mother's Mission; Connection Women Share Transcends Cultural Differences

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Byline: JENNA CAIRNEY

WHEN Mahboba's son died she fell to pieces.

She fled Afghanistan at the age of 14 and had seen death and suffering, but losing her own child pushed her over the edge.

It wasn't until her brother came to her with some wise words that she managed to get her life back on track and begin Mahboba's Promise, an organisation which provides housing, schooling, equipment and training to those in need in Afghanistan.

C[pounds sterling]I decided to dedicate my life to others,C[yen] she said.

At Harmony House in Warwick on Saturday she shared her compelling story of how, as a teenager, she walked for 10 days and nights over the Afghanistan mountains to Pakistan.

Many died of starvation and life in Pakistan was also hard.

She eventually made it to Australia where she married and had a family of her own.

C[pounds sterling]Australia gave me hope and life,C[yen] she said.

Mahboba has an Order of Australia medal and has been named Australian of the Year but stresses it's not about ego, it's about helping others. …