Today Afghan People are trying to move past a bad situation. Every day and everywhere they have explosions, attacks, murder, self-immolation, violence, rape and many kinds of crimes. Instead of finding any solution for that, many of Afghan People prefer to leave Afghanistan and immigrate to other countries. They hope to make a new life with lots of happiness for themselves and they just see golden dreams about their lives, but their dreams don’t come true, except for the few who have good luck. They think that when they leave our country, they will open a new window in their lives which will change their lives completely and bring happiness for them. So, every year from each house one or two persons goes abroad for an unknown destination.
· Finding Money:
· Waiting for Passport:
· An Uncertain Journey:
Each groups get prepared for an uncertain journey. They try to find the smartest and most experienced smugglers who know about maps and every kind of danger. So they start their trip with lots of worries and apprehensions. They actually know how dangerous it is, but they accept it. But sometimes on the way they are arrested by police and returned back to Afghanistan. Those who arrive there (Indonesia), they stay some days in hiding places like destroyed houses or some hotels. Then they try to find smugglers to help them and find a ship that they can go by that until Australia and New Zealand. Finding smugglers is very difficult and expensive.
· Water Storm:
All passengers want to start the trip early in the morning, before starting the storms begin. When the ship is leaving the beach, all the passengers start praying and they start their trip with lots of fear and apprehension. Each of them are waiting to hear if the Captain will inform them that the ship got a gap or crevice. It’s the worst news that frightens them a lot. After several hours they understand that the ship got a crevice and the water is entering the ship. It’s a tragedy scene for passengers that ends all of their dreams and wishes. There are some lucky people who have life jackets; it’s the only thing that gives them a little hope. So, they should pass the rest of the way, just by swimming. After several hours the rescue ship comes and rescues those who are alive and takes them to the immigration camp.
M. Husain: He is one of my relative who has many experiences while he immigrated to Pakistan, Iran, Greece and Australia. He was the passenger of a ship which got a gap during the trip. Fortunately he had a life jacket to rescue himself. He said, “I swam more than 12 hours when the rescue ship arrived and saved me. I was confused about where I was and where is this place? I was very tired; I couldn’t even talk for some hours. Then I understood that I was at the immigration camp. I stayed there for three months, at first I thought that I would be accepted in Australia but, when the boards came, they told me and my friends that we couldn’t live in Australia. When you don’t respect your life, how can you respect our rules? Then they sent us back to Afghanistan”.
· Living in the Immigration Camp:
· The Effects of Returning:
1. When Afghan people are not accepted in foreign countries, it has a deep and negative effect on them. Even it leads to self-immolation, hara-kiri and other crimes. Sometimes they can be dangerous for people and society, because they lose their hope and can’t find their way. I saw some people who were positive people before, but the immigration made them negative members of society.
2. Sometimes it has a positive effect on them, because they understand the benefit of their motherland and the worth of their society and people. At that time they prefer to live in Afghanistan and make their lives here.
Writen by: Kamilah Ataee