The cameraman’s emotional return to his refugee home — with the Prime Minister

A trip to Jakarta was an important milestone for Prime Minister Anthony Albanian but for someone behind the scenes it was even more important.
9News cameraman Ghaith Nadir left Indonesia 11 years ago as a refugee and returned this week to cover the official of the prime minister visit.

The Iraqi-Australian said he had “mixed emotions” about returning to the country where he spent four years as a refugee awaiting resettlement.

9News cameraman Ghaith Nadir left Indonesia as a refugee 11 years ago and returned this week with the prime minister for his official visit. (Nine)

This time he went back for work, to record Albanian’s visit.

“The thing is, when I lived in Indonesia, we didn’t know what our future would look like,” he said.

“Going back as a cameraman representing the Prime Minister of Australia was very special to me.”

Nine News cameraman Ghaith Nadir left Indonesia as a refugee 11 years ago and returned this week with the prime minister for his official visit.
The Iraqi-Australian said he had “mixed emotions” about returning to the country where he spent four years as a refugee awaiting resettlement. (Nine)

Ghaith fled Iraq with his family when he was 14 after losing friends in a bomb attack near his school.

In asylum seekers’ centers, the five members of the Nadir family shared two small rooms.

Ghaith and his family finally arrived in Melbourne in 2011.

The cameraman's emotional return to his refugee home — with the Prime Minister
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese meets Indonesian President Joko Widodo. (Alex Ellinghausen)

“All I wanted was a better life, a normal, happy life for me and my family,” he said.

And now he is a man who has accomplished more than he ever thought possible.

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