My Story

My name is Trung. I am 10 years old. I have a big sister, her name is Uyen. I was born in Vietnam. I came to Australia when I was 9. I came here because my mum and dad wanted my sister and me to learn English and have a good life.  

In Vietnam, I lived on a farm.  On the farm, we had 7 chickens, 10 pigs, 6 cows, 2 cats and 3 dogs. I loved the chickens most of all. It was my job to feed the chickens grains and rice every morning before school. I loved the chickens because their feathers are beautiful. In the afternoon, I would tell them stories about my day at school and they would listen. I miss the chickens.

Australia is different to Vietnam because in Vietnam, we ride on scooters and here we ride in cars. Also in Vietnam we go to school from 7am to 5pm. We had to do lots of homework in Vietnam and the math work was very hard.

I love Australia because the country is beautiful and the people are free. Everyone is happy here in Australia and I don't see people sad.


By Trung



My Story

My name is Mohamed. I am 11 years old. I have 2 sisters, one is 13 years old and the other is 22 years old. I also have a brother who is 19. My brother and my oldest sister live in Syria but I live here with my other sister, dad and step mother. I came to Australia in 2011. I came here because there was too much war and fighting in Syria.


In Syria, I really loved Ramadan. Everyone was friendly and kind and generous there. We ate together, my family, my neighbours, all my uncles and aunties and cousins and grandparents.


A typical day in Syria would start with a walk to the school. All the kids in my village and I would walk together, about 20 of us. We would start school at 9am and finish at 3pm, just like here in Australia. After school, we'd all walk home together,  get changed and race to the roof tops of our homes. We'd all chat and play and wait for the call to prayer so we could break fast. We would then eat together and talk and laugh together until very late. I miss my friends and family in Syria very much. Everyone knew one another there. The people in the village where I lived were like a big family.


Australia is different to Syria because we don't have any family here. In Ramadan here, we eat alone. I miss my friends and neighbours and family a lot. In my heart, I know I am not too happy in Australia but in my head, I know I am safe here. I can live in Australia and one day work, have a good job and grow old here. I think maybe one day when I am older, and my sister and brother are here with me, my heart will be happy again. We will all be here safe and happy together.


By Mohomed


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