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My father stepped on a landmine and was brought home to us in pieces in a casket. After that, my mother was left alone, in a hostile environment, with four kids under the age of fifteen.
1. step on a landmine 採到一枚地雷
2. a casket 一副棺材
3. a hostile environment一個艱難的、不友好的環境
4. under the age of 不滿…歲
She was Catholic Croatian and my father was Orthodox Serbian. It was very unusual for people from these two backgrounds to marry, until 1940, when Tito tried to bring the country together as Yugoslavs under communism, and part of that was encouraging mixed marriages.
5. Catholic Croatian 克羅埃西亞天主教徒
6. Orthodox Serbian塞爾維亞東正教徒
7. mixed marriages 異族通婚
As a child, I spent my days looking after goats and sheep in an idyllic environment on the coast. But in 1993, Croatians suddenly decided they wanted to break away from Yugoslavia, and my father, as a minority Serb who lived in Croatia, enlisted in the war to fight against the independence movement. It was an extremely difficult time for my mother, because she was an ethnic Croat living alone in an enclave full of Serbs, at a time when neighbours were killing neighbours. People would loiter in front of her house, sharpening their knives, and she frequently faced death threats. She feared for her life, and started sleeping with an AK-47 beneath her bed.
8. an idyllic environment 恬靜閒適的環境
9. break away from 從…脫離；決裂
10. loiter 遊蕩
11. the independence movement 獨立運動
It was a difficult time to live. There was little food. We frequently had to run to bomb shelters, and saw dead bodies on the streets. Finally, when I was 8, we, along with over 300,000 ethnic Serbs, were removed from our homes in the biggest movement of people since World War II. Although Serbia took us in, they didn’t want us there, as they saw us as cowards who hadn’t put up enough of a fight.
12. bomb shelter 防空洞
13. along with 與…一起
14. a coward 膽小鬼；懦夫
15. put up a fight 對戰爭進行反抗*
*put up a fight : to show or express a particular type of opposition to something
Then the Kosovo war started. This led to even more running and displacement for us. It was even worse when NATO started bombing because they had planes with bombs that would dig a crater. We fled into the mountains and hid in the dark, because there were no bomb shelters capable of providing sanctuary for so many people.
16. displacement 被迫移居他地
17. flee (尤指因危險或恐懼而）逃跑
18. be capable of 能夠
19. bomb shelter 防空洞
20. provide sanctuary 提供庇護（所）
Finally, we found out we had been accepted to come as refugees to Adelaide, in Australia. Arriving was a healing process for us, but there were also a lot of challenges. The kids at school called us war criminals and accused of being responsible for Serbian massacres that we knew nothing about. They also called us the KGB Twins, and sometimes they would tap us down before going to class to ‘make sure we didn’t have any bombs on us’.
21. a refugee 難民
22. a healing process 一個療癒的過程
23. war criminials 戰爭罪犯
24. Serbian massacres 塞爾維亞大屠殺
*KGB: 國家安全委員會 (蘇聯)
One time, we were beaten up after school and my twin ended up in hospital with swelling around his brain. It was horrible because after all we had survived, he was on the verge of dying on an Australian playground because of racism. It took a couple of years for us to really find home here, and that was because we ended up changing to a more multicultural school in year 11, where we found other students who were survivors of wars from Somalia, Iraq, Vietnam, South Sudan and Cambodia. And we all bonded together as children of war.
25. racism 種族主義
26. on the verge of… …的邊緣
27. a multicultural school 多元文化的學校
28. bond together 團結、凝聚在一起
29. children of war 戰爭兒童
My eldest brother had always wanted to be an engineer, but as the man of the family, he had to go to work instead. As soon as he arrived, he went to work at Holden in Elizabeth, where he made cars for 18 years, until the day they shut the factory down. Sometimes he would bring home pamphlets from the union, and as a result I became really interested in employment law and industrial relations. So I decided to go to law school, and I’m now a union lawyer for the CFMEU.*
30. the man of family一家之主
31. pamphlet 小冊子
32. employment law and industrial relations 勞工法與勞資關係
33. a union lawyer 工會律師
*CFMEU:Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union
I represent factory workers who are low paid and award dependent. It’s a privilege to recover stolen wages and represent these workers when they’ve been unfairly dismissed or discriminated against. I especially love representing non-English speaking migrant workers, as they are prone to exploitation. I see my mother and my older brother in every one of them.
34. low paid 低薪
35. It’s a privilege to… 是一種榮幸…
36. be unfairly dismissed or discriminated 被不當解雇或歧視
37. be prone to… 有…的傾向；容易遭受…￼
For the last 6 years, I’ve also volunteered for a refugee legal centre, helping asylum seekers to complete their temporary protection visa applications. Out of my siblings, I think I was the most affected by the war, so hearing their stories of trauma isn’t always easy. But I feel it’s important for me to try to help others in need of protection.
38. asylum seeker 尋求庇護者
39. protection visa 保護簽證
40. out of 在…之中
41. stories of trauma 創傷故事
42. in need of… 需要…
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