Abdul was raised in a war zone. ‘It was a really difficult situation.’ Abdul describes his generation to be a generation who grew up with war and continue to live with war. It has always been an aspect of their everyday. 

It was scary.

Abdul reflects on his childhood and how he recognised the fear in his family’s warnings for example ‘don’t go too far from the house’, because of the numerous things which were happening from explosions to building collapses. The fate of which Abdul and his family knew too well. His dad passed away in 2017 because of ‘an attack in a debris area.’

That was a really really terrifying time.

He explains how he couldn’t believe that his dad had died and how awful the war was at the time. In Abdul’s speech you can feel the sadness and disbelief at the effects of the war on ordinary people like his family. 

‘It was a bad situation for my generation.’

Abdul touches on again how bad war is for young people and children to grow up in a war zone.  However, Abdul still stresses that he still managed to have a sort of childhood with family and friends. He says, ‘we had a good connection of family.’ Abdul then describes how supportive they were of him especially during his childhood. 

Abdul believes that his childhood was still good. As a child doesn’t care about politics and ‘you’re not aware of the situation and what is going on in the country.’ He describes it was good to play with friends, spend time with family and the people in his neighbourhood. During this time, he didn’t think about leaving. 

Then something happened and Abdul had to leave Afghanistan – ‘Its something compulsory.’ Abdul acknowledges that once upon a time he never thought about leaving and never dreamed he would come to Cardiff, to the UK.

‘I think it really changed my life.’

Coming to Cardiff has changed Abdul’s life. He is now studying at college which he describes to be such a positive thing. The level of education in the UK is so much better in comparison to Afghanistan. 

‘I am going to study here, and I am going to make my life better.’

Written By Tess Brunskill. 

Find out how to support Abdul, and others just like him:

1. Make a Donation: Here

Still, want to show your support for refugees and asylum seekers but can’t participate in the challenge? Every donation goes directly towards supporting people who have made difficult journeys to get to safety.

2. Sign up to cycle a short distance as an individual or couple: Here 

If you’re able to mount a bike then we encourage you to book in a slot to complete a short distance of this journey. You do not need to be an athlete to participate, we need the whole community to get us From Kabul to Cardiff!

If you’re not able to mount a bike and you would still like to get involved, please get in touch so we can explore some options that will work for you.

3. Sign up to be one of our core teams and complete a long-distance cycle: Here 

If you love to cycle, are part of a cycling club, want to create a team within your workplace, or just love a challenge, then this option is for you. Teams can be any size and would be able to collectively cycle 800 miles across the month.

4. Cycle Remotely: Here 

If you can't make it to Oasis, you can track your miles remotely by joining our Strava club. Just download Strava, and search for ‘From Kabul To Cardiff’
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