By Jayden Murray

After the civil war broke out in Sudan, Haroun heard that his village had been attacked.

He returned from Khartoum to discover that the villagers had fled into the surrounding mountains.

He finally found his family in the hills and they made their way to a displacement camp, before returning to Khartoum with his family.

They thought they had found a safe haven; however there were religious tensions in their neighbourhood and Haroun was refused aid as he was a Muslim.

He argued that religion shouldn't be an issue to receiving aid; that it should be given to whoever needs it, regardless of their beliefs.

With support being harder and harder to receive and constant hassling, Haroun fled to Egypt, leaving his wife and children behind.

There he lived as a street vendor in a tiny apartment for five years, struggling to make ends meet.

Two years later his family joined him and after four years of trying, they were finally accepted by Australia as refugees.

They moved to Melbourne, but wanted somewhere quieter so decided to relocate to regional Australia, ending up in Shepparton.

He likes Shepparton for its pace of life, something he couldn't find in Melbourne.

Now here for two years, he is enjoying adjusting to the Australian way of life - a process that often ends in laughter.

About the community contributor

Jayden is in year 11 at Wanganui Park Secondary College.

He got into photography a few years ago and fell in love with it as way to express his ideas.

He wants to become an actor and photographer when he leaves school and has enjoyed discovering a foreign culture in his home town of Shepparton.

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