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The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Robert Hillman’s memoir, The Boy in the Green Suit, won the Australian National Biography Award for 2004. His 2007 biography, My Life as a Traitor, written with Zarah Ghahramani, appeared in numerous overseas editions. His first collaboration with Najaf Mazari, The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif has been a set text in many schools. He is also the author of Gurrumul: His Life and Music and the novels Joyful and The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted.
Humphrey Bower is a gifted and versatile actor. Since obtaining a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature at Oxford University, he has worked extensively in theatre, television and audiobook narration. Humphrey won the prestigious Audie Award (US) for his performance of The Family Frying Pan by Bryce Courtenay, and was shortlisted for an Audie Award for his performances of Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan and Brother Fish by Bryce Courtenay. Humphrey's sensitive and intelligent readings are highly regarded and he is well-known for his capacity to perform a variety of accents. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B071XNWBVJ
- Publisher : Wild Dingo Press (12 April 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1565 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 219 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 195,807 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Najaf found himself pursued by the Mujahedin and the Taliban to fight on their behalf in a conflict he did not believe in. Trying to elude these two warring parties was a life and death struggle for Najaf and his family. Wayward bombs and mortars were a constant fact of life and one misguided mortar destroyed Najaf's home. Caught by the Taliban and held hostage while those around him were tortured and killed, Najaf was lucky to be spared. It was a decisive moment for him, it prompted him to leave his young wife and six month old baby daughter and flee, through pakistan to Australia.
The cost of this journey was $3,500, and it contained many perils. Najaf had not heard of queue jumping, all he wanted was to be free to live in peace. All that awaited him in Afghanistan was death. So Najaf set off on a journey that took him halfway around the world, a journey where his life was in constant danger. When he arrived in Australia he found that he was incarcerated at Woomera Detention Centre, South Australia until his background and claims were verified.
Upon his release Najaf went to Melbourne and after a trying time, where he worked long hard hours, was able to set up his own business selling Afghan rugs. In 2006 his wife and daughter were allowed to join him in Australia. Then in 2007 Najaf obtained his Australian Citizenship.
Najaf's story made me realise that not all those who seek asylum in Australia are terrorists in disguise, economical refugees or criminals seeking to escape the law of their native land. Most asylum seekers are like Najaf, people fleeing in fear of their lives. All these people want is a chance to live full productive lives in harmony with their community, free from the constant shadow of death and destruction.
Those Australians who feel our country should turn away all boat people should read Najaf's book. Like me, I'm sure their views will be changed.
It is a hard to put down story which is maintained through to the end.