Light at end of a long tunnel for women

THE children of Hazaran women Soraya Ashouri, Naderah Safari, and Balghis Ashouri have the chance to receive the education and fearless life that they never could through settlement in Launceston.

Each of these women had to flee Afghanistan due to war to settle in Iran as refugees.

There they were subject to persecution and racism, which meant they continued to fear for their lives despite their distance from their home country.

Balghis was two months old when she left Afghanistan and lived in Iran for 30 years before settling in Launceston this year.

She was sent to school but her people's status in Iran meant that she did not receive any education and was effectively treated like a servant to clean the building.

Now married with two sons and living in Australia, Balghis wishes to learn English and complete a beautician's course.

English is also a priority for Soraya and Naderah who both said they wish to connect better with their adopted Launceston community.

The women said the ties among Launceston's emerging Hazaran community were strong and celebrated through festivals and other social gatherings.

They said they wished to share with Launceston their dressmaking and textile talents as well as converse over morning teas.

"We are very happy to live here; it was a very hard time in Afghanistan and Iran," Naderah said.

"Tasmanian people are kind and very helpful."

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