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 Wafa’s  interview     Wafa  Zaim  is  a  member  of  the  Muslim’s  women’s  association.   She  is  currently  52  years  old  and  she  has  been  in  Australia  for  30  years.  She   decided  to  come  to  Australia  when  her  husband  decided  to  emigrate.     When  Wafa  first  came  to  the  Australia,  learning  English  was  quite  a  challenge.     Wafa  learnt  the  language  in  university  and  received  lots  of  help  from  kind   people.    It  was  hard  moving  to  a  new  country  but  she  felt  very  welcome  in  her   new  neighbourhood  at  George’s  Hall.  She  also  felt  very  comfortable  when  she   moved  to  Belfield  and  she  stayed  there  for  10  years.     Wafa  misses  her  family  and  relatives  who  are  still  in  Syria,  but  is  glad  she  can   keep  in  contact  with  them  via  Facebook  and  Yahoo.     Wafa  invited  her  parents  to  Australia  so  they  could  see  how  well  she  was  doing   and  how  happy  she  was  with  all  her  friends.  Wafa  wanted  to  invite  her  brother  to   come  and  live  in  Australia  when  there  was  a  war  in  Lebanon,  but  he  preferred  to   stay  in  Lebanon  because  he  was  a  medical  specialist  and  wanted  to  help  people   in  Lebanon.     Wafa    has  travelled  to  many  countries  a  round  the  world  but  feels  very  at  home   in  Australia  and  hopes  she  will  not  need  to  move  again.       Wafa  really  enjoys  her  work  at  the  Muslim  Women’s  Association  because  she  has   the  chance  to  help  and  influence  so  many  people  from  the  community.  Wafa   believes  that  education  is  very  important.  She  was  a  private  school  teacher  when   she  first  came  to  Australia  and  has  organised  English  lessons  for  many  Muslim   women  at  the  Muslim  Women’s  association.    She  has  had  many  great  experiences   over  the  years  and  has  enjoyed  contributing  to  the  Islamic  and  Australian   community.  Wafa  also  believes  that  multiculturalism  in  Australia  is  one  the   country’s  greatest  achievements,  due  to  the  way  it  encourages  belonging  and   integration  in  the  community.        


Wafa's Interview