Hassibullah knew little about sweet buttered biscuits and Flemish pastry recipes when he left his home village at 23, two years and a half ago. Actually, he didn’t really know anything about Europe, even less where to pin Scherpenheuvel-Zichem on a map. However, that is where he would spend a year of his life in a refugee centre in Belgium. All he was certain of was that he was fleeing his native Maidan Wardak province in Afghanistan, running for his life from the Taliban with a little bit of family savings, an unclear destination, and a few words of English.


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