Bushra

Bushra
Bushra after her graduation ceremony on 26 April 2007, where she was awarded a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from Monash University. She is currently completing her studies in medicine.
Source: Museum Victoria Palestinian Community Photographic Collection

I was born in Kuwait in 1986 but my family migrated to Melbourne in early 1992, after the chaos of the Gulf War.

Though my parents had only spent their earliest childhood in Palestine, they would recall their homeland with great passion. Because of this, my visit there at the age of ten was especially memorable. I remember wandering the streets of Ramallah and visiting the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. I remember visiting my aunt in Nablus and eating the best kunafa (a pastry dessert with cheese, syrup and rosewater) I had ever tasted. A highlight was meeting my great-grandparents, the flesh and bones of my ancestry. Looking back, it was here I felt a sense of belonging, a sense of home.

In Australia, your loyalties aren’t always as predictable. I am a Carlton supporter, another cause that requires a lot of faith and commitment, but somehow my brother ended up barracking for Essendon and he took our parents with him. Four years ago we went to the MCG as a family for the first time, and although Carlton lost by quite a margin, sitting with thousands of other fans was exhilarating.