Osman began training in Taekwondo as a child in Afghanistan, inspired by the example of two-time Olympic bronze medalist Rohullah Nikpai, who is an ethnic Hazara like himself. "It is not easy being a Hazara in Afghanistan; we are often discriminated against by other ethnic groups and the Taliban who do not see us as ‘real’ Afghans,” he says. “When I saw Rohullah at the Olympics I felt that anything was possible if I tried hard enough."
Like many of Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazara, Musa faced considerable discrimination in his home province, and threats from armed militants. Ultimately he fled to Indonesia, received his refugee status and moved from an immigration detention centre to community accommodations in South Sulawesi.
Afghan refugees face off against Indonesian immigration officers in a friendly volleyball match in Java, Indonesia. Many of the asylum seekers have been waiting for years to be processed and approved for resettlement. Until the day comes for them to be resettled, they try to keep their spirits up through various recreational activities.
Refugees in Surabaya line up to donate blood to local blood banks as part an initiative to give back to the communities that are supporting them. For many refugees awaiting resettlement in Indonesia, they often look for various ways to contribute back while awaiting for their refugee case to be processed.
Refugees take time and make a mural within the detention centre as part of a social cohesion activity. Until the day comes for them to be resettled, they try to keep their spirits up through various recreational activities.