THE JOURNEY FROM AFGHANISTAN TO IRAN
I recently had an interview with my dad Aaron Sarvari about why some people move from their country of birth.
I discovered that in 1984 there was a war between Russia and Afghanistan. During the war most Afghanis chose to go to Iran because it was one language and was just across the border. My dad told me that while he and his family were still in Afghanistan, they had to travel from Kabul together with about 15 people squished in a closed van, across the country to avoid using the main roads and detection by the authorities and this was done all night. When they got near the border of Iran they had to go on foot. It was hard to walk because the ground was wet and muddy at times people lost their shoes. At one point they had to turn back because they saw a Russian tank about 2km ahead. When they came to an abandoned house they decided to stay there overnight. In the morning they resumed their journey. After about another day of walking they reached the Iranian army who put them in their vehicles and took them to a town in Iran. He also told me that it was hard to live in Iran because the Iranians hated the Afghanis especially as more and more of them came to the country. He lived in Iran for 20 years and got married to my mum and had two children. When he realized that the Iranians didn’t like the Afghanis he started thinking about immigrating to another country. Out of all those countries he chose Australia because some of our relatives were already here. So in 2003 we came to Australia.
From my dad’s life history I can conclude that people are trying to look for a happy and easy life that’s why they keep moving to different countries.
By Somayeh Sarvari