Salim is a man in his mid-to-late twenties. With younger brother Abdus at his side, Salim attempted to find gainful employment and start a new life in a number of countries as he was a member of the Rohingya tribe continually persecuted by the Burmese government. When the money their father provided to put them through high school in Bangladesh ran out, the brothers completed their education on their own. Both speak fluent English and are proficient in IT.
Salim is the smaller, calmer and more rational of the two. Due to a processing quirk, Salim has not been given work rights and now takes irregular volunteer work and maintains their home in Broadmeadows – a role he’s not used to.
“He called my mother, because my mum knows I can never cook. She knows that I can’t even make an egg also. She said, ‘Hey, I heard something about you.’”
Running out of places to go
“I don’t have a country. Burma don’t take me as their people. Bangladesh is not taking me as their people. I don’t have anywhere I can say, ‘I’m from this country.’”