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The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif Paperback – 1 Jul 2011

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'An extraordinary account of an epic journey to freedom, told with great intelligence, humour, poetry and integrity. Even in his darkest hours of despair, Najaf clings to hope and his deep love of life and people.'
- Arnold Zable, award winning writer, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate.

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Najaf Mazari was born in a small village near Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. At the age of 12, he left school and apprenticed himself to a master rugmaker. He fled Afghanistan in 2000, ending up in Woomera Detention Centre. After his release, he settled in Melbourne where he now owns a traditional Afghan rug shop. In 2006, his wife and daughter were finally able to join him in Melbourne, and in 2007, he was granted Australian citizenship. Najaf founded a philanthropic fund, the Masawat Development Fund, that supplies health and education aid to remote villages in the mountains outside Mazar-e-Sharif.

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