I “walked in the shoes” of a young man (23) who was a refugee from Afghanistan. He told me about how he had been in Indonesia for 3 years before being granted asylum in Australia, that he was here studying English and that he hoped to study Civil Engineering after that. I gave him some advice about studying in the Built Environment and he shared with me what he missed about Afghanistan. He told me he misses the sweet curries from home, made from (very) fresh ingredients. He also told me that he misses snow-boarding and experiencing the four seasons. I had no idea that there was even snow in Afghanistan! Did you!? There’s so much we don’t know about their country. All I imagine when I hear Afghanistan is desert and war. It’s obviously a beautiful place. When it’s more peaceful I’d like to go there and experience the snow in Afghanistan.
Yesterday was the “Walk in our Shoes” event run by Youth Voice and held in Youth Week. It was a concept Danni, Kirralee, Lauren and I came up with at the Queensland Youth Forum 2011 (QYF11). Elise from Youth Voice and QPASTT (with our permission) developed the idea into the event, which was very successful!!
The point of the event is to share your stories through the journey of your shoes. Someone gets a photo of your shoes (below is my photo) and they have to find you and get to know them during a walk. It was particularly suited to the refugees who don’t want their photo taken, but want to tell their story.
I got a lot out of the event and felt the event achieved its aims. I enjoyed meeting my shoe buddy and learning about his experiences. I hope I was able to pass on my story to him too.
Let’s see this event happen again next year! Well done Youth Voice and QPASTT.