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‘Fiji Is What I Was Looking For’

Waking up every morning to bomb blasts and terrorist attacks by Taliban was the life Bahram Mahmoodi lived back in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is among refugees in Fiji who are
29 Sep 2015 10:40
‘Fiji Is What I Was Looking For’
Arfaodi Mohamed (left) of Tunisia and Bahram Mahmoodi of Afghanistan in Suva yesterday. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Waking up every morning to bomb blasts and terrorist attacks by Taliban was the life Bahram Mahmoodi lived back in Kabul, Afghanistan.

He is among refugees in Fiji who are here to seek asylum from the government and is kept at an undisclosed safe house under the Immigration Department.

“Fiji is the place where I finally found what I was looking for after living my family and friends back in Afghanistan in search for peace and a better life.

“I love Fiji because it is a peaceful country and not only that, the people are caring and kind.

“The people of Afghanistan have suffered a lot because of terrorist attacks. I have also lost some family members and to see people dying every day right in front of my eyes is terrifying and heartbreaking,” Mr Mahmoodi said.

Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan.

He said terrorist attacks had been part of his child hood.

“Our right to having a good education and living a better civilised life has been taken away because of war which has also led to people fleeing Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan is nothing compared to Fiji because my country was a violent place and the thoughts of going back there is like going to get killed.

“The scene in my country was seeing dead bodies lying on the streets nearly every day after a bomb blasts and it has affected me emotionally and mentality,” Mahmoodi said.

Trying to hold back his tears, the 20-year old said that if he had to return to Afghanistan then there were high risks.

“I have left all the memories about Afghanistan when I landed in Fiji and there are no plans to even think about going back there,” he said.

Meanwhile, his friend, Arfoudi Mohamed of Tunisia, 35, a graduate with an engineer diploma who also echoed the similar sentiments. Mohamed arrived in the country on April this year.

Tunisia is the northern most country in Africa,

“Imagine even the president left our country to seek asylum in Saudi Arabia and I knew I had to run too if not I would have died too along with those killed in terrorists attack in Tunisia.”

He comes from a family of five with 3 sisters and a brother.

“Tunisia was a peaceful country until the terrorists started invading our country in 2011 creating a series of terrorists’ attacks, which changed everything. I have informed my family about Fiji and they are happy that I am safe,” he said.

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