By Serana Hunt
Saidi Sumanli, 19, escaped civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a young child.
The first time Saidi learnt about war was when bombs started landing around his school.
It was a sound he had never heard before, and only knew it was bad because people were running everywhere.
His family, of Bema ethnicity, escaped by boat to Tanzania where they lived as refugees for seven years.
Life in the the refugee camp was tough.
Saidi says he felt lifeless with no goals or dreams until his family was finally accepted by Australia.
Now living in Shepparton, Saidi says he feels empowered by his education and what his new country has given him.
He loves soccer and playing it reminds him of his life back in Africa.
About the ABC Open community contributor:
Serana Hunt is a professional photographer based in Shepparton.
Serana jumped at the opportunity to be involved with ABC Open One on One: Change.
Being involved in ABC Open projects is giving her exposure to the art and craft of documentary photography and multimedia production. She says she loves that she working with people in her community to tell their stories in this way.