The Tinawi family from Al-Zabadani, southwestern Syria have found refuge in Australia following a long and tumultuous journey from their home land in 2012. Abdullah Tinawi arrived in Sydney on September 10, 2014 with his wife Noura to begin a new life with their six children with nothing more then essential clothing, a handful of family photographs and small personal items. In January, 2012 Al-Zabadani became the first city to fall under the control of the Free Syrian Army and what followed was a violent and bloody battle that lasted 11 days, the Syrian Army regained control of the city on February 11th. This region has since been a hotbed of violent attacks and fluctuating powers. When violence and bombing escalated, Abdullah made the decision to flee his home region of many generations to ensure the safety of his family. In 2012 they arrived by bus in Lebanon. Three of Abudullah's brothers did not make the journey and were detained four years ago by the Syrian Army, they have not been heard from since. Members of Noura and Abdullah's immediate family, including their parents shared a home with them in Lebanon where they remained extremely concerned for their safety until contacted by the United Nations to gage their interest in relocation, this phone call culminated in their safe passage to Australia where they are now citizens. They described the experience as bittersweet, knowing that they would be safe but also leaving many family members behind. A few years on, the Tinawi family have embraced Australian life and expressed immense gratitude to be welcomed into a safe country with the support of local organisations such as SCARF.