Conversation between friends, Auliya and Nawa, about Auliya's experiences of growing up in war-torn Afghanistan and seeking asylum in the UK.
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BBC Radio Humberside, Hull
Ahmed, Nawa, 1973- (female, social worker), Atrafi, Auliya, 1975- (male, translator)
BBC Radio Humberside
Auliya has known Nawa for 3 years. Auliya grew up in war-torn Afghanistan with dreams of learning English and travelling the world. Here he tells his story to Nawa wishing their friendship had come earlier in life as an asylum seeker when he was dealing with post 9/11 racism and the culture clash of moving to a northern UK city. He discusses the troubles of learning English from the only local man he could, an Afghan warlord. Together they discuss their similarities and how through their relationship, life and adapting to and living in Hull has become easier.
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