Ms Rajabi* was a trainee fighter pilot when the Taliban took Kabul. Key points: Afghan refugees have told the ABC they’re thrilled to be in Australia and hope to study There have been some challenges settling into Australian life, including finding a job Some families in Afghanistan waiting on Australian visas are in hiding The 23-year-old described how she tried to grab her documents and belongings as the militants neared the air force academy base, but she was told by a soldier: “Just leave if you want to be alive.” “It was really a horrifying experience for me,” Ms Rajabi said when she spoke to the ABC a few weeks after she arrived from Afghanistan in September with nothing but the clothes she wore. Back then, she was uncertain about her future, aware that she didn’t have the resources to attend university here and fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. But when she spoke to the ABC this week, Ms Rajabi spoke with excitement and hope about her future in Australia. She had already begun English classes and signed up to begin a university bridging course next year. “I hope I can return to study aviation,” she said excitedly, adding that she was welcomed and supported by local Australian… Read full this story
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