In the last installment of Almost Unheard Of, we talked to three young friends about their experiences with the media growing up in Christchurch.
This story is a little bit different and begins during the Afghanistan Civil War.
In 1989, the former Soviet Army withdrew from Afghanistan, leaving behind a power vacuum. Different groups fought to take control and govern the nation.
Bilal Nasier’s family couldn’t see an end in sight to the conflict. That's when their long journey to Auckland, New Zealand, began. A journey to safety that would take them through Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and Indonesia before arriving in Wellington. The journey saw them paying tens of thousands of dollars to human traffickers.
Bilal was only four years old.