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"The last thing my uncle told me was that if I lived, I would see my family one day."

The memories forged during his escape at age six are still fresh and are something he said he would never forget.

Food supplies and water were running out and some people were ill when they were finally found by the Australian Navy in early March, 2009.

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His outlook may seem surprising to anyone raised in Australia the lucky country where education, peace and dreams of a brighter future are largely taken for granted.


"It was the worse time in Afghanistan, the Taliban were strange my family decided to escape to save their lives," Dawood said.

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"I was disappointed I was upset not to meet my family.

Daring escape for a better life

Escape, through the eyes of a childDawood Rasooli entered Australian waters in 2009 aboard a boat which set sail from Indonesia with a human cargo of 54 people kept in squalid conditions below deck.

He was born not long after the USSR withdrew support from Afghanistan during the Cold War and the first five years of his life were lived amid civil wars until the capital, Kabul, fell to hard line Pakistani movement, the Taliban, in 1996.

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"We were separated after an attack and my parents and brother and sister headed to Pakistan and I went to Iran with my uncle."

"We were told we could not leave the hull as it was dangerous and the police would take us to prison, maybe for our whole life," Dawood said.

When he was 17, Dawood was told he would have his wish, but his hopes of a reconciliation were dashed in the dark of night after reaching Pakistan's most populous metropolitan city.

My uncle told me I was going on a boat to a better life.

"We were in Karachi and my uncle came to me about 9 o'clock at night and my uncle told me I was going on a boat to a better life," he Omega Grey Watch

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spoke to Dawood about his life and the circumstances which found him entering Australia in a way that divides opinions across the country. This is his story.

A place where the government was openly hostile to refugees, he said he was never allowed to walk alone or far from home because of the threat of being thrown in prison or beaten.

"I remember the time we were travelling and the [military] exclusion zones at night time. Everyone was screaming," he said.

"The navy warmly welcomed us. They looked after us regardless of where we came from," Dawood remembered fondly.

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Dawood was not born in Australia but in Afghanistan, a country that, during the 1990s, was just a blip on a news report until the region's Omega Seamaster 300m On Nato Strap troubles headed west on September 11, 2001.

After a journey with strangers, he arrived in Indonesia in February 2009, and was hustled alongside 54 other people in the hull of a small boat which was crewed by a skeleton staff of two.

Without knowing where he was headed, the 17 year old feared for his life and thought his uncle had sent him away to die.

"For the first two to three days of the trip I didn't feel well. It was smelly because of the lack of facilities. I was dizzy and sea sick and throwing up and everyone was the same," he said.

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During the trip, which took between 10 and 13 days, the passengers did not leave their quarters even during a storm.

Iran is where he stayed, alongside his uncle, for the next decade.

A boat trip to the "lucky country"It was aboard that vessel that he learned he was headed to Australia.

He has embraced life in Australia but is still too afraid to dream big. After all, life has taught the 22 year old that the future is something for which no one can be certain.

day seeing his family again and would push his uncle to take him to them.

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For Dawood, the dilemma in the landlocked sovereign state was not merely a television news report. It was a reality underscoring the first six years of his life.

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