Refugee yesterday. Defender tomorrow.

Abdul was a refugee from Afghanistan. Now he’s studying law, and doing internships with the UN.

“English is not my first language. My father came to Australia in 2001 as a refugee from Afghanistan, and then I arrived in 2006 with my family. I was 12 years old. I faced a lot of challenges, but language was the biggest. I worked very hard.

I’m enjoying learning about the law. I find it fascinating, but it’s also very challenging. My family wanted me to become a doctor or an engineer, but over time, they’ve come to trust my decision.

As a second year student, I went to Geneva for an internship with the UN. The Human Rights Council was in session while I was there, and I got to sit in on sessions and live debates. I worked with an NGO, and learned a lot about the United Nations and what it does.

In 2014 I went to Afghanistan and when I came back, I established a group project with a few close friends. It’s called Project YANA (You Are Not Alone). We provide assistance on a daily basis to newly arrived migrants and refugees. Some are individuals, some are families. They all need different kinds of help.

I haven’t decided exactly which area of the law to go in to, but I’m particularly interested in constitutional law and human rights.

I also want to study politics after my degree. But, I don’t think I want to become a politician.”

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