This week Fatih chats with Dr Mustafa Derbashi, an Arabic Interpreter/Translator from Auckland, New Zealand about his fascinating and inspirational journey from a refugee camp in Jordan to the shores of New Zealand and his recent achievements.
Mustafa Derbashi is a Palestinian born in an HNHCR refugee camp in Jordan, where he spent the first 29 years of his life. He came to New Zealand at age 31, not being able to speak a word of English. He taught himself English and became a community-oriented person with a passion for people, culture, understanding, education, and inclusion.
He completed his Interpreting and Translation studies at Auckland University of Technology in 2018. In August 2020, he was chosen by the New Zealand High Court to interpret at the sentencing hearing for the March 15 Mosque attacks. In 2021, he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to migrant and refugee communities. Most recently, he was selected as a member of the Ministerial Advisory on the Government response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques.
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