Ali’s story - Refugee Council

Ali’s story

Ali's father was murdered by the Taliban and he became separated from his family during their escape. His Farsi-speaking My View therapist helped him heal from this terrible trauma.

At the age of 14, on his way home from school, Ali witnessed two local people being set on fire by the Taliban. Ali’s father was then also killed by the Taliban after reporting the incident to the police. His uncle organised Ali’s escape from the country, with his mother and two younger brothers. On the journey, Ali became separated from his family and has not had any contact with them since.

When we first met him, Ali was unable to sleep, had flashbacks and a deep sense of guilt and helplessness. He struggled with the separation from his mother and wanted to end his life. He believed that if he died he would see his family again in the afterlife.

Ali’s My View therapist, Shahla, speaks Farsi, a similar language to his mother tongue, which helped Ali to open up. She encouraged him to explore happy childhood memories so that he could re-connect with his sense of self before he lost his family. Recently, Ali read out a letter he wrote to Shahla.

“I would like to say a very big thank you for all you have done for me. I really appreciate all of the phone calls, visits, art therapy classes and your dedication to help me get better. I really enjoyed doing art with you because it helped me stay calm when I was stressed. I especially liked talking to you in Farsi because it is so like my mother tongue, Dari. You have helped a lot and many other young people too. I am very grateful. I wish you all the best in the future, I hope one day to make you proud. I have nothing to give back than my thanks and a big hug.” Ali

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