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Chnar’s Story

In the heart of Refugee Week 2024, stories of courage and determination echo through the experiences of individuals like Chnar, a beacon of resilience and hope amidst adversity. With a family bond as strong as steel, Chnar’s journey embodies the theme of “Finding Freedom” through the unwavering support of loved ones.

Living in Toowoomba with her parents, siblings, and grandmother, Chnar’s life is a testament to the power of family. At just 20 years old, she finds herself shouldering the responsibility of being one of six siblings, a role she embraces with grace and determination.

“Five months ago, I bought a house for my parents. It’s a great feeling,” Chnar shares, her eyes gleaming with pride. In a world marked by uncertainty, her unwavering commitment to her family’s well-being serves as a beacon of hope and resilience.

As the eldest sibling, Chnar finds purpose and fulfillment in guiding and supporting her younger brothers and sisters. “It feels nice to be older. They look up to me, and I hope to be a good role model for them,” she says, her voice filled with determination and love.

Despite the challenges she’s faced, Chnar dreams of a brighter future, one where she can serve her community as a police officer. “I want to help people feel safe and confident and be a champion for the community,” she declares, her resolve unwavering.

For Chnar, family is the cornerstone of her existence, the source of her strength and resilience. “Family is the most important thing in the world,” she affirms, her words echoing with the depth of her conviction.

In times of hardship, there is no one you need more than family.”

Whether it’s helping her siblings with schoolwork or providing support during drop-offs and pick-ups, Chnar’s dedication to her family knows no bounds. “Whenever they do something at school, I’m there to help them. Maybe because I buy them ice cream on the way,” she says with a smile, her love for her siblings shining through.

From her two-year-old sibling to her eldest at eighteen, Chnar’s family spans generations, bound together by love, resilience, and unwavering support. As Refugee Week unfolds, her story serves as a powerful reminder of the strength found in familial bonds, and the transformative power of unity in the face of adversity.

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