(Part 2 of 2) Before I came to Brisbane, I was a bit worried about how I would go, as I didn’t have much education, and I thought that maybe because I was black, I would face some discrimination. I had the idea I would go and work on a farm, and just try to give my child the best education I could. But of course that expectation changed from the moment I arrived at the airport, because a young, white woman called my name, and the smile and the welcome she gave me immediately created a connection. Then, I was taken to my accommodation, which was fully furnished, the fridge full of food, and I said, ‘Wow, this is like heaven to me.’ As a result, I told myself I had to learn as soon as I could how to fit into society and do good things.
First, I worked really hard to learn English, then I started high school at year 11, followed by vocational training and work at Brigadoon Nursing Home. I also participated in a lot of community activates with the Red Cross and other refugee and migrant services. Eventually, I founded a number of community organisations, including the Eritrean Community Association, and this not-for-profit social enterprise – Mu’ooz restaurant. We provide opportunities for disadvantaged, illiterate African women by giving them on the job training – to give them skills and build their confidence, to break down their cultural and language barriers, and also to remove their isolation and create connections. More than 114 women have been through the program in the last 8 years, and 97% of them are working in the mainstream now.
My husband and I eventually separated because we were apart for so long, but I remarried, and my husband Michael and I have 2 daughters, who are 15 and 16. And my eldest daughter is 34 now – she completed her degree and is a mother of three herself.
I feel lucky to live in this beautiful and peaceful country and I feel full of opportunity. I really want to contribute and to pay back, and above all I want to highlight what’s good about refugees.
We have a lot of good, which people need to know about.
If you live in Brisbane, why not support an amazing cause and at the same time eat some delicious Eritrean food at Mu’ooz in the West End. http://www.muooz.com.au
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The food at Mu’ooz is amazing and well worth the visit.
I feel uncomfortable that people who have lived through war, poverty and suffering I’ll never know feel they need to prove themselves to us.
You’ve done more then enough, more then any of your detractors are likely to have done for others and you’re doing more.
Inspirational to say the least.
A story of strength in action. Saba It is good that you have ended up in Australia. Not only have you a lot to contribute to Australia, but to the Eritrean community too.
We held our staff Christmas party at Mu’ooz last year and it was an unforgettable experience! The atmosphere of the restaurant was incredible and without a doubt this is due to Saba’s leadership and training of her staff.
We love Mu’ooz! Thanks for coming to Australia. We are all the better for it.
Becky Nedelko I was almost going to ask “OH, was this you greeting her!?” But then I realised she arrived in 1992 😀
Whitney Claxton have to check out the restaurant at West End
So glad to read this story. Mu’ooz restaurant in West End is one of my favs! The food is amazing!! … and such a good cause.
Thank you a courageous and inspiring woman. You are a role model. Keep it up. Michael is the luckiest husband.
Lovely to know your story Saba! You’re an inspiration.
Chris a restaurant in Brisbane to try and support a good cause?
She’s filled my heart this morning. Next trip to Brisbane!
Mu’ooz is fabulous! We have been going since it was in Moorooka!
Saba you are an inspiration and Mu’ooz is one of my favourite restaurants in the world . Mums 4 Refugees salutes you! ????
Saba, what an incredibly inspirational woman you are. You have done so much for your people, your local community, your family and yourself – much more than many achieve in a lifetime. I taught a beautiful Eritrean boy earlier this year and he was so determined to learn as much as possible after spending so long in refugee camps. The average Australian has no idea what refugees go through. At age 14, this boy had only two years of formal schooling but he was determined to work hard. His best friend was an Ethiopian boy and they worked alongside each other in my maths class.
Good on you Saba, you are an incredibily strong and positive woman. My best friend and mama. Your work and contribution is beyond measure and explanation. Thanks New Humans of Australia for hosting.
I was waiting for part 2 and all I have to say is … U r amazing woman, u make me cry but its tears of joy that u r part of Auatralia now. God bless ! ????
Saba I have met you and your daughter before, and eaten food from Mu’ooz a number of times. Such hospitality and an absolute willingness to share your knowledge, leadership, and culture with us. Thank you.
And for Brisbanites please try the food at Mu’ooz. It’s the first time I ate Eritrean food and goodness it’s delicious!!!
Wow! I LOVE your story Saba! Behind that first smile you received are millions of other white, black, yellow, red, pink Aussie faces who would have been welcoming you too! So very happy you’ve found a home here with us x #loveconquersfeareverytime
Saba you are an inspiration…thanks for sharing your wonderful story…its a great example of generosity and kindness breeding more of the same, how we welcome refugees sets up the future stage
Saba you’re an incredible individual. Can’t wait to come and eat at Mu’ooz???????? xx
A very lovely woman, always smiling and warm when you meet her. More grease Saba.
Very inspirational! The food at Muooz is traditional and delicious, would go there again and again
I had the beautiful pleasure of briefly working with Saba and her team… What an amazing woman – so gracious. I always felt blessed and humbled after our meetings. We need more Sabas in the world ❤️