Abbas Nazari Visits
On the 1st of March, Abbas Nazari came and told us about his experience traveling from Afghanistan to New Zealand. Abbas is one of the famous Tampa refugees. His story was inspiring, and gave us an insight into what it was like to be a refugee trying to find a safe place to call home.
Abbas was 7 years old when he had to move from Afghanistan because the Taliban were at the height of their power. His tribe, the Hazari, was seen as a fungus. In the cover of night he travelled to Pakistan in the back of a petrol tanker! He stayed here for 3 months until his family moved to Indonesia where he stayed for two months. Then one night his mum woke him up and said “We're going!” They boarded a creaky old boat with 438 people on it setting sail to Australia.
|Here are the refugees climbing a rope ladder up twelve stories to get onto|
On the second day, the engine failed and then a big storm came; everyone thought they would die. Once the storm had passed, a Norwegian cargo ship heading for Singapore took in the refugees. When The Tampa was about to enter Christmas Island, an Australian Navy boat stopped them from coming into the island. Then the Navy took in the refugees on the boat and looked after them for a while on an island called Nauru. One day the captain came in and said New Zealand were willing to take all the families. The refugees thought, “What is a New Zealand?”
The refugees spent some time in Mangere at the Refugee Centre and then Abbas and his family, plus some of the other families came to live in Christchurch.
To this day, Abbas is living in Christchurch with his family. There have been no refugees resettled in Christchurch since the earthquakes in 2010.
New Zealand has a very low refugee quota of only 750 per year or up to 1200 with emergency asylym seekers. Abbas says refugees here are treated very, very well so that's good but do you think we should raise the refugee quota? Please leave us a comment and justify your answer. Thank you!