THE LURE OF THE OUTBACK
IN AUSTRALIA, REFUGEES DITCH OVERCROWDED CITIES TO LIVE A SLOWER PACED LIFE IN SMALL OUTBACK TOWNS
AHazara refugee who now calls the Australian outback home, Ali named his new venture the Afghan Friendship Restaurant, a tribute to the warm welcome he says he received after moving to the town of Grifith ive years ago.
The 44-year-old father of three is among a growing number of refugees and migrants to Australia who have opted to live in the bush rather than among the bright lights, hustle and bustle and astronomical prices of Sydney or Melbourne.
The word friendship hovers over Ali’s head in bright red lettering while he cooks lamb skewers, his face a picture of concentration as the rich wafts of fragrant smoke lure in hungry customers.
It is the irst-ever Afghan eatery in Grifith — a six-hour drive west of Sydney — and a far cry from the pie and chips staples of the Australian bush.
“I suggest to all of my friends, especially Afghan people, to come to Grifith, because here’s very friendly,” Ali, who asked that his surname
Hazara refugee Ali cooks kebabs at his restaurant.