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A man standing in front of a map of Afghanistan.

Malik’s story Malik's story

Written by LIDA Italia

Illustrated by Vilius Aistis Vilimas

Read by Pip Hardy

Language English

Level Level 4

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A man standing in front of a map of Afghanistan.

My name is Malik and I am 39 years old. I was born in Afghanistan. My religion is different from the main religion in Afghanistan.

My name is Malik and I am 39 years old. I was born in Afghanistan. My religion is different from the main religion in Afghanistan.


A man and woman hugging and a man looking sad standing near them.

For many years, people who belong to my religion have been persecuted. This has been very difficult for my family.

For many years, people who belong to my religion have been persecuted. This has been very difficult for my family.


A man in the middle of a war scene and a tank firing in the distance.

A few years ago there was a war. I was afraid I would be killed. I left my family to go to Europe and start a new life.

A few years ago there was a war. I was afraid I would be killed. I left my family to go to Europe and start a new life.


A man hiking thinking about food and a bed.

I walked for many kilometres. Sometimes I had no food and nowhere to stay. Some of the people I travelled with died.

I walked for many kilometres. Sometimes I had no food and nowhere to stay. Some of the people I travelled with died.


A man and woman standing outside a house smiling and offering food.

Finally I arrived. I met some people from my own country who helped me. I do not know what I would have done without them.

Finally I arrived. I met some people from my own country who helped me. I do not know what I would have done without them.


A man sitting at a desk studying.

I started to learn the language, but it was hard. I knew that speaking the language was important to get a job.

I started to learn the language, but it was hard. I knew that speaking the language was important to get a job.


A man sitting at a desk studying with a clock on the wall.

I studied for several years, at first to learn the language. It was hard, but I enjoy learning new things.

I studied for several years, at first to learn the language. It was hard, but I enjoy learning new things.


A man teaching angles.

After studying I started working. First I worked in a restaurant, and then I became a teacher because I want to help others.

After studying I started working. First I worked in a restaurant, and then I became a teacher because I want to help others.


A man teaching a girl sitting at a desk.

I hope to go back to Afghanistan one day. Many people there need help, and I want to help them.

I hope to go back to Afghanistan one day. Many people there need help, and I want to help them.


Written by: LIDA Italia
Illustrated by: Vilius Aistis Vilimas
Read by: Pip Hardy
Language: English
Level: Level 4
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