Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Amir Finally Finds Peace in Australia

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Amir Finally Finds Peace in Australia

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Byline: Rachael Murray rachael.murray@thechronicle.com.au

LISTEN to Amir Adil talk about his home country of Afghanistan and you realise how hard it was to make the decision to flee.

With a poet's tongue, he describes how a person is born into a place, becomes part of the soil and the air of a country, its "molecules".

He didn't want to leave but as a teenager, he and his family had three choices: fight in their country's war, be killed, or struggle for their lives and flee.

They chose to live.

Crossing the border to a refugee camp in Pakistan, they became one of millions of families to flee the terror of the Taliban.

But it wasn't long before the government toppled and the war followed them.

"We had the same problem. Target killings, suicide killings, people suffering, this was a normal routine and went on and on. It was get killed or go insane.

"I locked myself in my room, and was paranoid. Every time I heard a blast I thought I'd be killed. We had to do something."

Ask him how many siblings he has and Mr Adil gets confused. He doesn't know whether to count the ones he's lost - "five or six".

He paid to leave and came to Australia by boat, leaving his home and family behind.

"It took about two weeks and was very dangerous. …

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