I’m Hani Abdile; a child of Africa, woman of Australia, and a lover of life.
I was born in a small village in southern Somalia and grew up in the city of Kismaayo.
My family moved around Somalia, as they are nomadic. I have seven sisters and six brothers. Seven of us were born during the civil war in Somalia. Because of the war, we had no chance for education or proper schooling, so at the age of fifteen I began learning how to spell my name and the letters of the alphabet.
I became driven to seek an education for myself, but unfortunately many girls are not allowed to study in my country. I tried my best to work hard and pick up English on the air without knowing how to write.
Years later I started migrating to other countries and finally made a desperate voyage by boat to Australia.
At the moment I’m studying and working toward my dream to become an investigative journalist. I believe in dreams. The possibility of dreams coming true will make life interesting.