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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

AD, I miss Cape Town.” Aqeel and I have just ar­rived at Doha Col­lege for his tennis les­son when, from his car seat in the back of our 4x4, he de­liv­ers the words I’ve been dread­ing.

I look anx­iously in the rearview mir­ror, try­ing to gauge his ex­pres­sion, but can’t quite make out if he looks sad or is merely still miffed at hav­ing had to leave home be­fore Sponge­bob Squarepants ended. If he is sad, he’d have good rea­son.

It’s been al­most four months since Aqeel and his sis­ter Saabi­rah left South Africa for Qatar. Once Shi­haam and I made the de­ci­sion to move, we tried to make sure Aqeel un­der­stood what was hap­pen­ing. Four years old, he had found his com­fort zone in Cape Town and had be­come very at­tached to his ex­tended fam­ily, es­pe­cially my par­ents, broth­ers and sis­ters, who took ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to spoil him. And then there was the close con­nec­tion he en­joyed with his

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