Najaf Mazari was born near Mazar-e-Sharif in northern Afghanistan. At 12, he left school and apprenticed himself to a master rugmaker. He fled Afghanistan in 2001 after being tortured and narrowly escaping the genocide of men and boys. Reluctantly leaving behind a young wife and 6-month old baby, he made the dangerous journey eventually ending up in Woomera. After his release, he settled in Melbourne where he owns a rug shop. Six years later, the Australian Government permitted his wife and daughter to join him. The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif is his memoir.
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Afghani man's tale of danger, escape and rebirth