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Refugee artist commemorates ANZAC Day

30 April 20201 comment

AMES Australia Reconnect student Shegofa Rahimi has produced a moving piece of art to commemorate ANZAC Day.

An Afghan refugee, who was brought up in Pakistan, says she is inspired by the sacrifices made by diggers during WWI.

“I believe, what Australian and New Zealand forces sacrificed during World War One is absolutely important to be remembered. The casualties of 8,000 people at Gallipoli is a massive sacrifice. They highly deserve to be remembered,” Shegofa said.

Shegofa, 21, arrived in Australia in 2018. She lived most of her childhood in Pakistan after her family was forced to flee their homeland.

“I learnt art in Pakistan as I lived there as a refugee. I learnt still life, abstract and subjective. I paint as it gives me energy to live and love to share with people around the world. I run my own art YouTube channel. I do everything from painting, editing, uploading by myself,” Shegofa said.

She is studying a Diploma of Community Services currently at Chisholm TAFE in Dandenong.

“I love painting and creating art and working with CALD background people. The different culture and history of CALD background interests me to paint and discover more and more,” Shegofa said.

She acted as a youth mentor with AMES Australia last year and ran a youth art class in Dandenong.

See how Shegofa created the artwork on her YouTube channel: