Harlow is 75: From Afghanistan to Harlow, Ali is a knockout

General / Sat 23rd Jul 2022 am31 07:03am

IT IS hot, it is sweaty and it is intense down at the Ladyshot base of Harlow Boxing Club. But training away, most nights, is Ali.

Ali Sharali Hemadzai has just been in Harlow for two years since arriving from Afghanistan.

It is clear that he left Afghanistan in the most difficult of circumstances and so we balance our time in this interview talking about Afghanistan but also Ali’s new life in Harlow.

He was at Passmores Academy and is now at Harlow College.

We know that Ali has received a huge amount of support from all organisations and especially Paul Allen and the team down at the boxing club.

To mark the town’s 75th anniversary, Harlow Council and Your Harlow launched a project which records the diverse history, heritage, and culture of the people and groups which are part of modern-day Harlow.

The Harlow at 75 project is made up of audio-visual recordings of conversations with both individuals and groups that explores their lives abroad before resettling in Harlow. The project reflects that we are a local but global new town and explores themes such as the definition of “Home”.

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