Being uprooted through war and losing contact with close family members as a result makes lives even harder for refugees. If at all, it can take a long time for them to reconnect. An Afghan woman now living in New Zealand has experienced that pain and uncertainty, but was lucky to trace her own parents and siblings, though the fate of her husband remains unknown. Editor Janine Baalbergen talks to her as part of the Horowhenua Chronicle's series of articles on refugees.

"Until the Taliban came I had a normal life."

That's Shugofa Wahidi. Her mother was a teacher, her


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