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.
Published on Dec 6, 2012