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‘Drama Find Me’: Five years after her Anzac Day controversial tweet, Yasmin Abdel-Magid says she was ‘ahead of my time’

It has been five years since Sudanese-Australian writer and broadcaster Yasmin Abdel-Magid decided to leave the country she called home after becoming what she described as the most. ,Muslims are publicly hated in Australia”.

Abdel-Magade appeared on Nation World News Breakfast to discuss her new book, which details the events of 2017 in which she faced vitriol and controversy after attempting to highlight the plight of refugees in offshore custody.

Five years after leaving Australia, he said, “drama finds me”.

“I didn’t go looking for drama, but somehow, I tended to draw it,” she said.

“I find that, often, I was probably a little ahead of my time.”

The former mechanical engineer said he is proud to be able to “kickstart the conversation that has shaped the national debate” – something he said most people in their twenties could not boast of.

“Because I’m not necessarily bringing up things that are morally wrong, but bringing up things that people might find uncomfortable or difficult to discuss in a public context.”

Considering relinquishing Australian citizenship

Abdel-Magid has sparked fresh controversy after suggesting in an essay that she might give up her Australian citizenship, sharing how hearing an Australian accent almost provokes a visceral reaction.

Ultimately, she said, it would be “very impractical for me to actually give up”, but she wanted people to think “what does it mean to have Australian citizenship?”

Yasmin Abdel-Magid (right) and her family in early 1995, three years after arriving in Brisbane as one of the first Sudanese families. ,Supplied by: Yasmin Abdel-Magied,

“The Sudanese citizenship that I have doesn’t make me travel very far in the world,” she said.

“If I want to be able to travel freely, why is it that my Sudanese citizenship doesn’t take me very far?

‘I think…Australia cheated’

Abdel-Magid became a household name in 2017 after a heated exchange with Senator Jackie Lambie about Islam over a Q+A, posted when writer Lionel Shriver spoke at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival – then later removed Given – the following on Facebook: “Don’t let that happen. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine…)”.

In 2017 she said, “I think Australia has betrayed a little bit, because this is my country and these are the people of my country and this is my home, and fighting for my right to exist in my country – this It’s tiring.”

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Since leaving Australia, Abdel-Magid has written a novel and spent a six-month residency at Keesing Studios in Paris.

She said that time had given her the opportunity to process what had happened.

“But, I think, it’s given me space to think about the kind of world I want to be a part of,” she said, “the kind of world I want to work in.”

Abdel-Magid said life in London has kept him on his toes.

“I’ve made a life here that I’m very happy with,” she said.

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