Najeeba Wazefadost was just 10 years old when her parents took her and her siblings and fled their family home in Afghanistan, the last time the Taliban was in power.
Najeeba and her family travelled by sea to Australia in 2000, and after months in immigration detention Najeeba and her family were recognised as refugees. Now president of Hazara Women of Australia, and Executive Director of Asia Pacific Network of Refugees, Najeeba continues to hear reports of the same torture and trauma her family fled years ago.
“Women are saying to us that before they die at the hands of the Taliban, their kids might die of starvation,” Najeeba says. “I think of those women who are worried for their daughters being raped. I look at my daughter and imagine what they must be going through”