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World Refugee Day

Tahir in Panama City, January 2020

A few days ago, this is the message that I sent out to friends for the World Refugee Day:

The World Refugee Day is approaching. In order to honour the refugees and the displaced, who, as the group, in my mind, are the most vulnerable and the most unfairly treated people in the planet (if one can generalise), I would like to share with you (albeit many of you have already read these) some stories that I wrote two years ago.
These stories constitute my own experience with lives of refugees, in particular, the life of Tahir Rana (today a proud resident of Canada).
As you know, Tahir has become one of the most important people in my life, and certainly, to me is one of the most charismatic human being, who I have so much respect of, and is my best friend, to say the least.
It is Tahir, through his life, who opened my eyes to struggle that refugees and the displaced go through. He did it, by allowing me to experience and watch his suffering, fears, but also joys and successes in a very practical manner…
The journey that he invited me to participate in, has become one of the most stressful, yet the most wonderful adventures that I have had.
The stories below just reflect a small part of that journey, but in many ways are the most significant ones that I wanted to share with you.
You may want to read them from in the reverse order (starting from 4
th July), if you prefer to have a chronological understanding of the story. As there are many of them, you may not want to read them all. If you were tempted to just read one, I would recommend the one of 20th July (Boys cry).
While I would like to thank Tahir for giving me the best lesson of my life, I would also like to thank you all (countless amount of people) for allowing Tahir’s story to come to a happy ending. The list is so long, but includes my friends, in Thailand, and so many other parts of the world, my work colleagues (in Bangkok, Dhaka and Brussels), my own family, Tahir’s family in Pakistan, and last but not least, Tahir’s official sponsors in Canada. You HAVE all made the impossible – to become reality. I will always remember your kindness and everything that you have done to help!
th August 2018: Free at last
th August 2018: Tahir’s last weekend in Thailand
th August 2018: Waiting is so stressful
th August 2018: Last hurdles cleared
th August 2018: Eleven days to go
th July 2018: Happy Birthday, Tahir
rd July 2018: Four days of detention
th July 2018: Boys cry
th July 2018: Last weekend with Tahir in Bangkok
th July 2018: Tahir is going to Canada soon