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Sayed fled Afghanistan, found safety in Australia and built a life. Then it was snatched away

Refugee was turned away from citizenship ceremony and became trapped in bureaucratic nightmare thanks to authorities’ mistrust of Afghan identity documents.

  • Ben Doherty
  • The Guardian

Sayed* was home. At least he thought he was.

He held the piece of paper in his hand: an invitation to an Australian citizenship ceremony.

After five years in Australia, having fled religious persecution in Afghanistan as a teenager, this was proof he finally belonged.

“I felt amazing,” Sayed says. “I felt relief. I finally found a safe place. I can establish a life here and start to live peacefully. I felt home.”

But then it all…

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