Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi is back on Australian soil after being released from detention in Thailand.
“Australia is my country,” al-Araibi said.”I love Australia.”
It follows a lengthy battle involving the Australian government, human rights groups and the public.
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“My heart is now full with gratitude. Just so thankful that these tears are falling out of relief and joy,” Al-Araibi’s wife said in a statement, posted online by his team, Pascoe Vale Football Club.
“Finally this nightmare has ended, I am very happy to see everyone happy with me at this moment, thank you all for my support and I would like to say thank you Australia.
“I love you all and thank you from the heart, well done all, we did it.”
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