Conflict In Najaf's The Rugmaker Of Mazar-

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Conflict can present itself in various forms, it can occur in many different places, willingly or unwillingly affecting a person’s mind and action. It is in the times of conflict that the strengths and weaknesses of individuals are revealed and their resilience tested. When an individual is forced into a position, in which they are not comfortable with, the outcome can either be devastating or can either spur a person to change their life for the better. In times of hardship, an individual must have or find the physical and mental strength to persist in their conflict in order to find a resolution. In Najaf Mazari’s autobiography, The Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif, the author not only exposes but also is exposed to the many physical, physiological and social consequences of war; a war which has weaved itself into the day-to-day lives of the people of Afghanistan, yet it shows that individuals and communities have the power and spirit to survive these terrible ordeals, both physically and psychologically. Najaf survives conflict by taking a risk and making a life changing decision to move, “I wanted to leave Afghanistan because I didn’t want a bad memory for…show more content…
Najaf gives an example of the conflict existing in the camp, “The husband can’t make the authorities hurry… So he gets into a bad mood, and maybe there’s a fight, maybe somebody hits somebody else with a weapon, a piece of wood, something like that.” This attitude can also be reflected in the riots that broke out in the Villawood detention centre in 2011, where detainees performed acts of self harm and caused destruction and chaos amongst the whole camp. Those individuals were unable to come to terms with their current situation and overcome their hardship like Najaf had; instead they had let their weaknesses bring them down and prevented themselves from overcoming a problem in a constructive

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